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Help! I'm considering a 5k

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I am considering registering for a 5k in mid-late March, but have never run one before. Running was always a "necessary evil" involved with training for another sport in high school. But it seems like everyone I know who starts running 5ks LOVES them and runs a number of them each year. I'm hoping that having a deadline (race day) gets me running on a regular basis.

However, I'm a complete newbie at this. If any of you have gone from no/limited running to consistent/short race running, I'd really appreciate any pointers you could send my way!
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  • ZOIEY24
    Thanks for all the tips! I'm checking out those websites :)
    3764 days ago
    I find Podrunner's poscast very helpful (do you have a MP3 player or an iPod so you can get it from iTunes?). He gives you chimes when it's time to run for 60 seconds and when it's time to walk. Instrumental music with a heavy beat to time your footfalls. If you don't like to listen to music, you can set distance goals (run once around the track, walk 2 times, etc. You can work up to it!

    3765 days ago
    I did my first 5k (didn't run all of it) in April and I loved it, try the C25K running plan if you REALLY want to run the whole thing!!

    3765 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8117576
    Will the 5K that you are considering allow walkers? That might be a way to start out. I'm doing the 5K Komen Race for the Cure on the 29th of this month (my first!), but I'm doing the walking 5K, rather than running. I don't think my knees/ankles can handle running since they're already screaming at me, sometimes, during a simple walk. lol It's still a way to stay motivated, though, and it helps a good cause no matter what speed you do the 5K. :) I wish you much luck with this!! Oh! And there's a Beginner 5K team right here on Sparkpeople. You can find it on my list of Sparkteams on my Sparkpage if you want to check it out. I just joined it myself. :)
    3765 days ago
    There is a website dedicated to helping people reach this goal. Google c25k and you will find an outline for a 9 week running program.

    Good luck!! emoticon
    3765 days ago
    Just work your way up to it! Start running until you are completely out of breath, then walk until you catch your breath and then repeat. Running can be fun especially when you are training your breathing.
    3765 days ago
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