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8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

The Most Fun You'll Have Running

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Excellent Article! Thanks for sharing! Report
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I like doing 5Ks, but I walk them. I enjoy myself. Right now I'm doing a 7 race summer series where we do a 5K every other Satruday at 6am. Report
My daughter and I did 1 5K every month for a year-well that was the goal but she sprained her ankle and missed one. During that run I was starting to lag and a man from the crowd yelled "shoulders up and back" and I managed to do that which had me passing people to finish strong. Report
I haven't run a 5K in 10 years. So want. This article was liek my experince with running and 5K races. My only goals are the fo,lowing: 1) Start 2) Finish and 3) Don't come in last. Otherwise enjoy the run! Report
Additional tips-

Walk on the right, run on the left.

Keep your head on a swivel when you are changing 'lanes' so you don't accidently trip up someone going faster than you.

If you're walking/running with 'friends' in a pack, don't take up the entire race space.

If you have a stroller, be mindful of people around you.

If you have a dog (which most races don't allow them anymore because of insurance), be mindful of people that may have canine phobias - not everyone wants Fido running around them.

Your music is your music - keep it in your ears. Do not use speakers to 'blast' your music through the race.

Do not comment negatively on other people's clothing. If you wouldn't say it to your grandma, don't say it to another racer.

At the finish line - move on. Get your medal and keep walking. Get your water/banana/protein bar and move on out of the way. Sometimes people are waiting at the side of the finish line to get pictures of their loved ones and friends and you are now blocking their picture.

Don't talk so loud while racing that you can be heard throughout the entire race route - like with your music - nobody wants to hear all that.

I'm sure there's more but that's what I got for now... :) Report
ELRIDDICK
Thanks for sharing Report
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5K's are a fun way to test yourself. I enjoy the social aspect of them, as well. Report
Love the comment of seeing seniors over 60. Most of the walk/runs I've done have people close to 80. I'm getting back in shape to add to my list of races. The hardest one I did was The Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine. Report
Only just starting to jog a little but am thinking about trying a5k (jogging rather than walking) at some point soon Report
MUSICNUT
Thanks for a great article! :) Report
And if you do finish last, it’s OK! I regularly do the last mile or so with the police car or ambulance or whatever is bringing up the rear directly behind me. Those of us who finish last still finish. Report
I've only done a few 5k's. They are very fun and I have met a lot of nice people. Report

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