When Should I Do My First 5k?

When Should I Do My First 5k?

Post by Heathe » Fri, 20 Apr 2001 05:00:58


Hi Everyone,

I am new to this group. I starting exercising for weight loss 6 weeks ago. I
really enjoy the treadmill and push myself pretty hard. I exercise 5x week
at 3 miles a pop. I am up to 3 miles in 42 minutes now (this includes warm
up, fast walking and bursts of running at 1/4 mile a piece). How long should
I wait to do the first 5k? I am really enjoying the running and get this
"runner's high" I heard about almost every day. I want to set my first goal
on the 5k but am not sure what the level of fitness these people have there.
I don't want to be the last one to cross the finish line if you know what I
mean. Do any of you remember the first days? How long should I wait? I
planned on waiting until I could do 3 miles in 30 minutes. Is that too soon?
Thanks.

--
Heather

 
 
 

When Should I Do My First 5k?

Post by Kerry Wilso » Fri, 20 Apr 2001 05:17:36

Quote:

>Hi Everyone,

>I am new to this group. I starting exercising for weight loss 6 weeks ago.
I
>really enjoy the treadmill and push myself pretty hard. I exercise 5x week
>at 3 miles a pop. I am up to 3 miles in 42 minutes now (this includes warm
>up, fast walking and bursts of running at 1/4 mile a piece). How long
should
>I wait to do the first 5k? I am really enjoying the running and get this
>"runner's high" I heard about almost every day. I want to set my first goal
>on the 5k but am not sure what the level of fitness these people have
there.
>I don't want to be the last one to cross the finish line if you know what I
>mean. Do any of you remember the first days? How long should I wait? I
>planned on waiting until I could do 3 miles in 30 minutes. Is that too
soon?
>Thanks.

When you can regularly run a 5K outdoors without stopping.

 
 
 

When Should I Do My First 5k?

Post by Heathe » Fri, 20 Apr 2001 05:23:46

And how long would that take (for an average person, pushing themselves and
working at it 5x a week)?

--
Heather



Quote:
> >Hi Everyone,

> >I am new to this group. I starting exercising for weight loss 6 weeks
ago.
> I
> >really enjoy the treadmill and push myself pretty hard. I exercise 5x
week
> >at 3 miles a pop. I am up to 3 miles in 42 minutes now (this includes
warm
> >up, fast walking and bursts of running at 1/4 mile a piece). How long
> should
> >I wait to do the first 5k? I am really enjoying the running and get this
> >"runner's high" I heard about almost every day. I want to set my first
goal
> >on the 5k but am not sure what the level of fitness these people have
> there.
> >I don't want to be the last one to cross the finish line if you know what
I
> >mean. Do any of you remember the first days? How long should I wait? I
> >planned on waiting until I could do 3 miles in 30 minutes. Is that too
> soon?
> >Thanks.

> When you can regularly run a 5K outdoors without stopping.


 
 
 

When Should I Do My First 5k?

Post by Kerry Wilso » Fri, 20 Apr 2001 05:41:26

Quote:

>And how long would that take (for an average person, pushing themselves and
>working at it 5x a week)?

Hard to say without knowing more about the average person, such as her age,
current fitness level, weight, etc.  Two to three months is probably a
reasonable range.  Careful with that 5x per week stuff in the beginning
unless you're young (25 or under), though.  An injury could easily increase
that time estimate by a month or more.
 
 
 

When Should I Do My First 5k?

Post by Michele Simar » Fri, 20 Apr 2001 08:17:11

If the race is a run or walk, why not do it now? I did a 5K last year
and ran part and walked part. There were people who finished with times
over 1 hour.
Quote:

> Hi Everyone,

> I am new to this group. I starting exercising for weight loss 6 weeks ago. I
> really enjoy the treadmill and push myself pretty hard. I exercise 5x week
> at 3 miles a pop. I am up to 3 miles in 42 minutes now (this includes warm
> up, fast walking and bursts of running at 1/4 mile a piece). How long should
> I wait to do the first 5k? I am really enjoying the running and get this
> "runner's high" I heard about almost every day. I want to set my first goal
> on the 5k but am not sure what the level of fitness these people have there.
> I don't want to be the last one to cross the finish line if you know what I
> mean. Do any of you remember the first days? How long should I wait? I
> planned on waiting until I could do 3 miles in 30 minutes. Is that too soon?
> Thanks.

> --
> Heather

 
 
 

When Should I Do My First 5k?

Post by Jeff Jetto » Fri, 20 Apr 2001 12:54:29


Quote:

>If the race is a run or walk, why not do it now? I did a 5K last year
>and ran part and walked part. There were people who finished with times
>over 1 hour.

Ditto on that. My first (until this coming week, my only!) 5k was
officially a "run/walk". I was able to run the whole way, but there were
plenty of people who took walking breaks, walked the whole ime, and/or
were pushing strollers. One lady was even trotting along with a little
dog. It was a great, fun atmosphere, and I wouldn't have cared even if I
did come in last. :)

Which is really the crux of the matter, isn't it? So what if you come in
last? You probably won't, but it's no biggie if you do. Someone finishes
last in every race out there, and they get (and deserve) just as much
support as the first place finisher.

It's a well-worn phrase around here, but it's true: the starting is the
important thing, not the finishing.

 - Jeff

 
 
 

When Should I Do My First 5k?

Post by Heathe » Sat, 21 Apr 2001 01:24:22

Really? Oh, thank you so much! That's exactly what I wanted to hear :) I am
not going to beat myself up for not finishing anywhere near first, I just
can't be "last". I didn't know it was ok to run as much as you can and fast
walk the rest. Thank you!!!

--
Heather


Quote:
> If the race is a run or walk, why not do it now? I did a 5K last year
> and ran part and walked part. There were people who finished with times
> over 1 hour.


> > Hi Everyone,

> > I am new to this group. I starting exercising for weight loss 6 weeks
ago. I
> > really enjoy the treadmill and push myself pretty hard. I exercise 5x
week
> > at 3 miles a pop. I am up to 3 miles in 42 minutes now (this includes
warm
> > up, fast walking and bursts of running at 1/4 mile a piece). How long
should
> > I wait to do the first 5k? I am really enjoying the running and get this
> > "runner's high" I heard about almost every day. I want to set my first
goal
> > on the 5k but am not sure what the level of fitness these people have
there.
> > I don't want to be the last one to cross the finish line if you know
what I
> > mean. Do any of you remember the first days? How long should I wait? I
> > planned on waiting until I could do 3 miles in 30 minutes. Is that too
soon?
> > Thanks.

> > --
> > Heather

 
 
 

When Should I Do My First 5k?

Post by Jeff » Sat, 21 Apr 2001 04:29:04

That's an impossible question to answer because assuming there is some
mythical average person out there, you are not very likely to be her.

-jeff


Quote:
> And how long would that take (for an average person, pushing themselves
and
> working at it 5x a week)?

> --
> Heather





> > >Hi Everyone,

> > >I am new to this group. I starting exercising for weight loss 6 weeks
> ago.
> > I
> > >really enjoy the treadmill and push myself pretty hard. I exercise 5x
> week
> > >at 3 miles a pop. I am up to 3 miles in 42 minutes now (this includes
> warm
> > >up, fast walking and bursts of running at 1/4 mile a piece). How long
> > should
> > >I wait to do the first 5k? I am really enjoying the running and get
this
> > >"runner's high" I heard about almost every day. I want to set my first
> goal
> > >on the 5k but am not sure what the level of fitness these people have
> > there.
> > >I don't want to be the last one to cross the finish line if you know
what
> I
> > >mean. Do any of you remember the first days? How long should I wait? I
> > >planned on waiting until I could do 3 miles in 30 minutes. Is that too
> > soon?
> > >Thanks.

> > When you can regularly run a 5K outdoors without stopping.

 
 
 

When Should I Do My First 5k?

Post by Michele Simar » Sat, 21 Apr 2001 07:35:57

Go for the experience and enjoy yourself.
Quote:

> Really? Oh, thank you so much! That's exactly what I wanted to hear :) I am
> not going to beat myself up for not finishing anywhere near first, I just
> can't be "last". I didn't know it was ok to run as much as you can and fast
> walk the rest. Thank you!!!

> --
> Heather



> > If the race is a run or walk, why not do it now? I did a 5K last year
> > and ran part and walked part. There were people who finished with times
> > over 1 hour.


> > > Hi Everyone,

> > > I am new to this group. I starting exercising for weight loss 6 weeks
> ago. I
> > > really enjoy the treadmill and push myself pretty hard. I exercise 5x
> week
> > > at 3 miles a pop. I am up to 3 miles in 42 minutes now (this includes
> warm
> > > up, fast walking and bursts of running at 1/4 mile a piece). How long
> should
> > > I wait to do the first 5k? I am really enjoying the running and get this
> > > "runner's high" I heard about almost every day. I want to set my first
> goal
> > > on the 5k but am not sure what the level of fitness these people have
> there.
> > > I don't want to be the last one to cross the finish line if you know
> what I
> > > mean. Do any of you remember the first days? How long should I wait? I
> > > planned on waiting until I could do 3 miles in 30 minutes. Is that too
> soon?
> > > Thanks.

> > > --
> > > Heather

 
 
 

When Should I Do My First 5k?

Post by Russ Boegehol » Sat, 21 Apr 2001 10:35:43

Well stated, Jeff.  That's the great thing about running - it doesn't
have to be complicated.  Just lace up the shoes and get out there.
Quote:



> >If the race is a run or walk, why not do it now? I did a 5K last year
> >and ran part and walked part. There were people who finished with times
> >over 1 hour.

> Ditto on that. My first (until this coming week, my only!) 5k was
> officially a "run/walk". I was able to run the whole way, but there were
> plenty of people who took walking breaks, walked the whole ime, and/or
> were pushing strollers. One lady was even trotting along with a little
> dog. It was a great, fun atmosphere, and I wouldn't have cared even if I
> did come in last. :)

> Which is really the crux of the matter, isn't it? So what if you come in
> last? You probably won't, but it's no biggie if you do. Someone finishes
> last in every race out there, and they get (and deserve) just as much
> support as the first place finisher.

> It's a well-worn phrase around here, but it's true: the starting is the
> important thing, not the finishing.

>  - Jeff

 
 
 

When Should I Do My First 5k?

Post by mario gentoliz » Tue, 24 Apr 2001 14:56:03

jeff is right ,,, your 1st race as my was mostly to learn from and fun
,,, by the way you said that you are on a treadmill ,,, is that what you
train on mostly ,,, when you r in your race talk to  tha folks ,,, there
are alot like you out there just starting that  will give you support
,,, i met i guy from el paso supported each other then went our ways ,,,
this should b great  ,,,, good luck
clodzilla
Quote:

> Hi Everyone,

> I am new to this group. I starting exercising for weight loss 6 weeks ago. I
> really enjoy the treadmill and push myself pretty hard. I exercise 5x week
> at 3 miles a pop. I am up to 3 miles in 42 minutes now (this includes warm
> up, fast walking and bursts of running at 1/4 mile a piece). How long should
> I wait to do the first 5k? I am really enjoying the running and get this
> "runner's high" I heard about almost every day. I want to set my first goal
> on the 5k but am not sure what the level of fitness these people have there.
> I don't want to be the last one to cross the finish line if you know what I
> mean. Do any of you remember the first days? How long should I wait? I
> planned on waiting until I could do 3 miles in 30 minutes. Is that too soon?
> Thanks.

> --
> Heather