My First 5K

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This Saturday I will be running in my very first 5K race. Let me preface this blog post by telling you the truth – I am not a long-distance runner. I have exercise-induced asthma, I get bored, I prefer running on a treadmill, and my knee tends to bother me.

So I’m sure you’re wondering why I would ever put myself through a 5K.

Well, the truth is, I couldn’t pass this one up. I am running in the Warrior Dash, and I figured if I was to ever do a race this would be the one. It has many obstacles to break up the run and would keep me from being bored, and I got a friend to do it with me.

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This year has been one of many firsts for me (first “big girl” job, first time skydiving, first year living on my own, first time adopting a pet, and so on) so I wanted to be sure I got in another one before the year is up.

Have you ever ran a 5K (or a marathon for that matter)? I’d love to hear your advice for a first timer. Is it okay to stop for water or breaks, or is that embarrassing? What is a good time to shoot for? Should I bring my own water? What do you do with your stuff (like your purse, car keys, etc.?)

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2 responses »

  1. I have never participated in a 5k, but I would think that bringing your own water would be smart in case you are in need and the water stations are not close by. Also, I know friends who have participated in Warrior Dash and have mentioned they wished they would have brought a spare set of clothes for the ride home so they wouldn’t have gotten their car all muddy! πŸ™‚

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