Less than two weeks until first 5k...HELP!!!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ok, what have I gotten into here! My sis (TURNINGJ) and I will be running our first 5K together. I really want to run and not walk this thing. I have been trying to build up, but, still can't run a solid 3 miles. I just came back from the gym and did 2 miles on treadmill in 29.35. Well, I was so excited! I never made made it under 30 minutes. So, I'm thinking maybe I can do really do this! I was estimating about an hour for the race, but, now, maybe little less! woo hoo! My problem today was I had to stop after the 2 mile point. I really pushed myself and felt like my throat was closing up. So, I stopped and just walked around a few minutes and I was good again. So, what was THAT all about? Did I get that feeling because I pushed to hard (and really was out of breath?) or was it something else? I was drinking some weird flavor vitamin 10 water...maybe allergic to something in it? Who knows?! So, I will try again in a day and hopefully, I will be able to push through for the full three miles! We are doing a practice run on saturday, so wish us luck! Oh, and if any of you southern NJ sparkers want to come cheer us on ( or maybe have a stretcher ready to catch me...haha) we will be "running" in point pleasant 3/27! Woot woot...can't wait to have this done as an accomplishment! It will be another goal reached!!
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  • HICIM705
    I'm not a runner, so I can't speak. I never liked to exercise - and ... I have been thinking about checking into a walk/run type of thing - some type of 5K to see if I could actually do it.

    The thing with your throat closing up ... could it be allergies? I never suffered from allergies when I was growing up. My grandmother and my mother did - always walked around with full-blown colds, it seemed. BUT - lately...the last few years, this time of year has brought on small symptoms...feeling like there was something in my throat, occasional runny nose, etc. So - I think-even though you should watch your body & listen to it...that perhaps it could be allergies. After the type of winter that we have had (cold, snowy NJ winter) - everything outside seemed to 'pop' practically overnight.

    Good luck with the 5K ... let me know how it went!
    4114 days ago
  • LDY_ALI_79
    Ah you got this, I did a 5K with my friend last year & we “walked” the entire thing. I was so upset with her because she knew I wanted to run. So give yourself credit, 29 minutes isn’t bad for 2 miles! If you have to take a breather, than do it & continue with the run. You know what they say, “practice makes perfect”. Once you see & hear all them people cheering for you, your energy & motivation will peak!

    Best Wishes
    4114 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4162362
    I did my first 5K last year and really pushed myself in training. What I learned on the day was that walking at certain points is totally okay. I did my 3.1 miles in 33 minutes (my goal was 45) and that inlcuded a few bouts of walking at a pace that I felt comfortable with. Sure, people were running by me, but that wasn't important because I did the 5K for ME.

    Good luck to you on your day, it will be amazing!!
    4114 days ago
    You and your sister are so gonna ROCK this! Like Karvy (my 5K hero and inspiration) said - there is no shame in walking if you need to. Try to relax and enjoy it! My daughter and I will be running our first 5K this Saturday and everyone keeps telling us about the race day energy boost, etc... It will be interesting to see if we do experience it - check in with me next week and I'll let you know! :)

    You can do this - keep visualizing crossing that finish line... running and smiling! emoticon emoticon
    4114 days ago
    Good luck with your first 5k! I ran my first one in November and will be running my 2nd race at the end of April. As the others said, the excitement and adrenaline on race day will fuel you.

    I know that there's the strong urge to want to run the whole thing - I had that urge, too. I succeeded, but at a penalty... I came out of the race with extremely sore knees. So make sure that you listen to your body.

    That said, you're still 2 weeks away from the race, there's plenty of training time. Keep yourself hydrated, fuel yourself before the runs if you need to (and can tolerate pre-run food), and try to run a little more slowly to help save up the energy to stretch out to 3.1 miles.
    4114 days ago
  • no profile photo NEWYORKORCHIDS
    Karvy's right...I've heard you "...run faster (unintentionally) outside than...on the treadmill".

    You'll be fine - you have amazing support in your sister. You'll do your best, and really, that's all you can do. If you want to run all the way, make it a goal - but if you have to walk...at least you finished the race. There's always next time, and next time, you'll definitely do if you're doing 2 miles now.
    4114 days ago
  • KARVY09
    First of all, I always run faster (unintentionally) outside than I do on the treadmill. And second, if you do have to take a minute or two to catch your breath and walk THERE IS NO SHAME IN THAT.

    You're going to do fabulously on your first 5K and I'm so proud of you for sticking with it. Wait til you feel that elation and pride that comes with finishing your first race. Three races in, and I STILL crave that feeling of accomplishment!
    4114 days ago
    I'm in a bit of panic-mode too.... but after reading all of your encouraging messages I just KNOW we can do it!!!

    It's very exciting!!

    love, Jo xoxoxo

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    4115 days ago
    Enjoy and have fun... emoticon emoticon

    4115 days ago
    You are doing great with the training and you can definitely do this! Just know that those of us who aren't in NJ (like me in TX) will be cheering you on from a distance! Keep us posted on your training and the run. emoticon
    4115 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4388863
    Hey Karen, Good luck on your 5K. I used to run (before children) and it's addicting. Just remember....slow and steady wins the race! Drink water before, during and after the race and try not to over train beforehand. It's no fun running a race with already sore muscles! Also get plenty of sleep the night before. It sounds like you are doing good if you are already running 2 miles nonstop. You will do great! Just relax and enjoy! Let us all know how you do!

    Run like the wind,

    4115 days ago
    I agree with some of the other commenters... just slow down or walk when you need to. Bring water, and possibly some tunes on an iPod to keep you going.
    I haven't run an official 5k since starting on Spark, but I used to run long distance track and you just have to remember that you are only racing yourself! And I know the finish line will come quicker than you imagine, especially after the first half. Good luck!
    4115 days ago
    I just finished my first 5k on Sunday and I was slow! But I finished! And I had been sick for over 2 weeks before the race so my training wasn't at its peak. Regardless I averaged a 16 min pace. I ran and walked. I

    But you are already running for 2 miles without stopping and that is awesome! You can do this :)
    4115 days ago
    I ran my first mile straight in my entire LIFE about 10 days before my first 5K. I was absolutely thrilled with that! Somehow the excitement of the race & all the people I was able to run (jog) the entire race. You will be surprised the energy you'll have that day. I didn't believe anyone when they told me that, but I swear it's true! Just have fun, cuz soon you'll be hooked & signing up for races all the time!
    4115 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4442701
    If you can do 2 miles in 30 mins already, you will do great. The atmosphere and encouragement from all the runners around you will spur you on for that last mile. Just start steady and don't be tempted to keep up with faster runners - go at your own pace and enjoy it! Good luck! emoticon
    4115 days ago
    Girl you got this!!!! Its all a mind game from here on....

    If all else fails, just imagine a BIG BEAR is chasing you!!

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    4115 days ago
    email me the details I would love to cheer you on, your brave I want to run one, but I know I cant!
    4115 days ago
    Good Luck with the 5K! I remember the first 5K I ran years ago in high school. My time was pathetic but not bad for a former football player pretending to be a cross country runner (high school team was 1 runner short of a full team so I gave it a go). Hopefully this time next year I will be where you are, preparing for a 5K. I look forward to hearing how it goes.
    4115 days ago
    I ran my first 5K about two weeks ago, and you'll DEFINITELY be able to complete it. Nothing wrong with taking a walk break, even if it's just for a few seconds. I'd stay away from that funny flavored water if that's the only time you experienced the throat closing thing. But keep up the good work, and please post after you and sis complete the race.
    4115 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6096849
    You can do it! Remember, your body doesn't have any limits, it's your mind that does. Just keep telling yourself that you can do it. Hang tough and keep the faith! Best of luck to you and your sister!
    4115 days ago
    Go as slowly as you need to. Do not worry about finishing in a certain time. Make sure to start off slowly as well. If your running partner has to leave you behind, so be it. You're there for YOU! So do what you need to do.

    Drink regular water! Concentrate on relaxing. Often times our mind gets all wrapped up and we start to breathe shallowly . . that's probably why your throat freaked out. That happens to me when my head freaks out. Just relax . . breathe in rhythm with your feet and ENJOY the run! Take in everything you can.

    The coolest thing to me was the sound of everyones feet as we all took off. It sounded like rain!!

    I got passed up 3 zillion times in my race . . but I ran it slow, I ran it steady, and I was able to finish . . still running!

    When they give you water on the route, stop . . . walk while you drink . . then continue running. That break won't be long enough to get your heart rate down or impact your time too much. :)

    You'll do GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    4115 days ago
    1. Bring water with you

    2. Stop and walk every 15 minutes for 1 minute.

    3. Remember that after you pass 1.75 miles, it's not as physically hard as it is convincing yourself mentally. After you pass 1.75, let your body just go and start thinking about other stuff.

    4. Get in the zone, don't think about what you are trying to accomplish, because you are already accomplishing it. You are running. That's the point, not the finish line.

    5. Love the sound of your racing heart beat and feel how strong it is. BudUmp buDump.
    4115 days ago
  • ROSIE777
    My Sweet friend I know you can do this, I am so proud of you. I didn't run the whole time my first 5K. Here is wishing you great success. emoticon
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    4115 days ago
    Good luck and great job on hitting it under 30 minutes! i have my 1st 5k on May 1st. Im only at 1 mile (on a good day.) We are just hoping to finish under an hour! Keep at it and good luck!
    4115 days ago
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