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3/19/10 1:45 P

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Just run what feels right to you :) The only slow that is too slow is not starting.

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3/16/10 3:22 P

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Just wanted to add to the crowd--I ran in a very large 5k last Sunday, ran a 13:30 pace, and according to official results came in somewhere around 3800th person out of 4500-ish. (Can't remember exact numbers.) So yeah, a 13 min/mile pace should put you right about in the middle.

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3/16/10 1:50 P

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I really appreciated this thread . . . I ran my first 5K in December after a few months of jogging/running. I was happy with my 35.48 time, but realized afterwards that I had been so fixated on not starting off too fast, and keeping to my usual pace, that I probably could have gone a little faster, at least on the downhills.

I'm going to run my second race, a 4-miler, on Saturday, and I'm probably overanalyzing what my pace should be. I was thinking of trying the walk/run approach (I tried it for the first time with a 4+ run last weekend, and it did help me get past that first half hour more comfortably), but I think I will just shoot for my usual pace with a "goal" of 45 minutes or under. But whatever!! I need to just focus on the fun of the experience!

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3/10/10 3:59 P

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Hills DO slow you down... but they make for a really sexy bum!

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3/10/10 9:33 A

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I'm feeling better about my slow practice times after reading this thread. Last night my pace was almost 17 min/mile. I was not pleased. I had a good talk with myself driving home and reflected on how far I've come since beginning. Plus those hills on our route will slow me down, right? emoticon

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3/10/10 12:04 A

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Thank you all for the great advice!! I'll remember it & put it to good use during my 5k!!!!

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3/9/10 8:33 P

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Great advice!

fyi, I expected to run my first 5k in 35-40 minutes, and I finished in just under 31. I was a mess afterwards - I succumbed to peer pressure - I was lucky I didn't hurt myself! Just saying, you might be surprised at what you can do when the excitement of race day arrives.

There were people crossing the line at least half an hour after I got there - I'm sure you have nothing to worry about. Good for you for getting out there. I hope you have a wonderful time!

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3/9/10 12:57 P

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I have been running for exactly one year this week. Its not uncommon for me to finish last or in the bottom three and I agree with everyone here that there is no such thing as too slow if you are doing what feels right to you. I have learned the hard way that there is such a thing as too fast for me. Trying to keep up with others lands me with an injury. I'd rather run slow and do it on a regular basis. I am injured now and struggling.

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3/9/10 12:05 P

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Hey Ms. Jeannie...it's Jeanie again lol

Anyways, I think the advice from Turbomel and all the others is key - don't worry so much about the time, but just be sure to enjoy the journey. I understand how you feel, though. I'm up for my first 5k next month and although I'm not out to win any medals or anything, it sure would be nice to finish somewhere in the middle. The whole point is that you're actually DOING it...and that is half the battle!

Just blast that IPod and smile...enjoy the wind in your hair and just go!!
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3/9/10 11:51 A

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That does not sound too slow at all! and who cares how long it takes.. it's the point that you are doing it!

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3/9/10 9:30 A

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First, I agree with the others, that there is no such thing as too slow - pace is an individual thing. And secondly, if this is your first race - you should just go out and run to finish - not worry about time (jmho). Like Mike said - you will be suprised at how the adrenelin kicks in at a race, but try not to go too fast or you won't finish strong.

Lastly, enjoy the race - if you focus too much on time, you will not get the whole experience and that's what this first race should be about - again, in my opinion!!



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3/9/10 9:20 A

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I'll pile on and say as others have that 13 minute pace will put you in the middle of the pack at the typical 5K. However, when you get in the race environment, don't be surprised if you run 11-12 minute miles.

The trick is to not try to run 9 minute miles when you see all those people take off like rabbits at the gun. Enjoy your race and let us know how it goes.

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3/9/10 8:35 A

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No such thing as "too slow"!

I was just reflecting on this as I was runing on Saturday morning. When I first started out, I was running at about 3.2 mph, and would walk at 2.5. Now, my average walking speed is 3.8 when I'm out there, and my running just depends on what I want to accomplish in the day.

Just give it time, and you won't be dissapointed.

BTW - a 13 minute mile won't put you last in any 5k race. There are so many people out there now who walk them. As long as you are off the couch, you are so better off!

Enjoy your road to a better health.

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3/9/10 7:14 A

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I've been running on & off for 4 years. My fastest 5K was 36 minutes. It usually takes me around 45 minutes. Sometimes I think I can walk faster!
I'm learning to forget about the time and focus on the journey.


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3/9/10 6:33 A

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At the last 5K race I attended, we had a lady who finished about 1:30. She came in during the awards ceremony. Everyone was asked to cheer her on - she was brought up to the stage to receive a special award for having the most tenacity of any runner out there. She might of been embarrassed - but reality is she was out there doing it and she beat every person who didn't have the guts to sign up and do it.

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3/9/10 5:29 A

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If you are not walking and your feet are moving and you are going forward, you are running...too slow?? No such thing.....enjoy that 5K!!!!

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3/9/10 1:17 A

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I just started running 2 months ago and I'm right where you are at. My first 5K is in less than 3 weeks and my pace is the same as yours. So I definitely don't think it's too slow!

You should concentrate on the fact you are out there and doing it! I was worried about the same things as you are but other people have been really supportive and remind me the accomplishment of just running at all.

Remember, a lot of times a 5K is a run OR walk so there are some people who just walk. Also I looked up race results and the slowest times were 50-55 min so you have nothing to worry about.

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3/9/10 12:19 A

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In my opinion there is no such thing as to slow. What matters is you are out there doing it.

Just make sure you are towards back of pack at start of race so you don't get in the faster runners way and you will be fine.

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3/9/10 12:11 A

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I've been running for a couple of months or so now & have worked up to 3 miles each time. I feel like I could do more but I just want to build up slowly. Anyhoo... I average about 13 minutes a mile. There is a 5k I'm interested in training for in May. Is a 13 minute mile embarrassing when running a 5 k. I really enjoy that pace. I'm not out to be competetive, just want to be healthy & have fun.
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