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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:58 AM
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I'm running a 5K romorrow (Input please)
I run pretty slowly. In fact, I make the tortoise look good. The last 5K I did, it took me 44:35 (probably a little less than that because I was the last one to go across the START line). I'd like to try to pick up my speed.

What do you think should be my plan of action.

1) start off considerably faster than I normally would, and if I end up needing to walk, so be it.

2) start off at my regular pace but try to dig and and really pick up the pace near the end.

3) try to run the whole thing just a little bit faster than I normally would.


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tazkcmo Donating Member (668 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:02 AM
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1. Take a Cab ntf
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:04 AM
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2. I've never done this before,
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 09:04 AM by Beware the Beast Man
but i'd say pace yourself. #2 sounds like the safe choice. Good luck!

ps- small world- I'm entering my first walk-a-thon tomorrow!
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:06 AM
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3. do not do option 1. that will end up worse.
I think option 2 is your best bet, just make sure that you will have something left in the tank for the last km or so.

I'm assuming that you haven't done any special training over what you did for the last one you ran. If you have, you may be able to run a faster pace and still have the extra kick at the end.
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tazkcmo Donating Member (668 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:07 AM
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4. No. Really. Take a cab ntf
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:18 AM
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5. Probably option 2
When I ran competively, I tended to run a more symetrical race. I started off fast to get position for the first mile. Then I settled into a pace for the second mile. On the third mile, I sped up a bit and moved up on people who were tired. I really kicked it in when I saw the finish line if I had anything left. In my case though, I regularly ran longer than the race length in training for endurance training. I also had speed training. It actually became easier for me to run than walk as my dad found out when he picked me up with a side stitch walking 2 miles from the library to a family picnic ("You can run, but not walk.").
If it is still a challenge for you to complete the whole race running, don't start out too fast. If you feel good later in the race, speed up at the end. Good luck.
Maybe someday I'll run again too.
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:23 AM
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6. I don't expect I'll pass anybody--except the walkers
I can jog 4 miles w/o stopping to walk, so 3 is pretty much given, unless I really over-do it out of the gate.

My only hope is to run this one a little faster than the last one--even by one minute would make me very happy.
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:52 AM
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7. Definitely pick it up towards the end
Depending on how you feel, the end could be the last half of the race. Only you know what you are comfortable with.
I don't know how you train now, but if you want to get faster, you could do a couple of speed runs of shorter distances. You could go out and run one mile hard for example or you could go to the track and do a few 400m or 800m speed runs with a few minutes rest or a lap of walking in between.
I know that you are just starting off and probably have goals that are more fitness oriented rather than being competitive. I am just offering a suggestion for dropping your time. I don't mean to be pushy.
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Beer Snob-50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:10 AM
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8. Do your normal pace and then pick it up at the end.
Good Luck!!!
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:39 AM
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9. I agree with option #2
Good for you for running this, and best of luck! :woohoo:
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:06 AM
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10. I'd suggest option 2.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 12:21 PM
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11. From our past exchange about the dollar bills needed for
coverage.....

I'd suggest a very very good bra......
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:35 PM
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19. got one...
It was very expensive... I might just have well used the $75.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:52 PM
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25. You remembered.... Ah.....
And I have that safely tucked away in the inner reaches of my mind.....
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:50 PM
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30. Well, if you need to
you can whip it out from time to time. :silly:
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:16 PM
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31. I DO have a vivd imagination........
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Lilyhoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 12:31 PM
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12. What you can do is this.
Decide what is the time you would like to finish in. Say like 43 minutes is your goal. Find 43 minutes worth of music that you can listen to while you run. Something you can keep pace with. Maybe with a faster pace at a couple different points of time to drive you thru the end of the race. I guess like one would coreograph any kind of performance.

Sorry if this is hard to understand. Good luck and keep going!
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 12:51 PM
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15. That is really good advice.......
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Lilyhoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:29 PM
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17. I'm glad it made some sense.
And good morning.
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:37 PM
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20. not hard to understand
but I'm not sure that they allow headphones in the race (I don't know that they're NOT allowed either--just don't know either way)
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:39 PM
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22. Most races don't
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Lilyhoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:45 PM
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28. No headphones?
I would not be able to do it. I need the rythem of the music to keep me focused.

Anyways, have a great time.





This thread was the first one I posted on this morning, before the tea kicked in and I was having a hard time making sense to myself.
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 12:48 PM
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13. Have fun and tie your shoelaces tight
run the race your comfortable with and forget where you finish.
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:49 PM
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29. Yeah, I don't care if I'm last
In fact, I'm pretty sure I will be last, and that's OK. I just want to be a little faster than I was last time.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 12:50 PM
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14. Run your normal pace and trip a few of the other runners to get
them out of your way.

:evilgrin:
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AllegroRondo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 12:59 PM
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16. If you've been training at that distance, go with #3
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 01:01 PM by AllegroRondo
I normally run marathons, but the basic strategy is the same.

If you go too fast out of the gate, you will run out of steam quickly.

If you go too slow, you run the risk of falling behind and hurting yourself trying to catch up.

Find the pace you want to run at. Lets say you are aiming for 42 minutes. That means every quarter mile should take you about 3:15. Print out a small piece of paper listing your quarter mile time goals, cover in clear tape or laminate it, and tape to a wristband to wear next to your watch. As the quarter mile markers come up, you can compare them to your time and speed up or slow down as needed.

If you feel good at the last half mile, GO FOR IT and pick up your pace.
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:41 PM
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23. Ya know, I never wear a watch
but I think I'm going to stop on my way home and buy one. I think that's a great idea. Thanks!
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movie_girl99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:30 PM
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18. good luck to you
what a great thing to be able to do.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:39 PM
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21. I run slow too -- Number Two is the best strategy
You'll want to take off like a rabbit because of adrenaline and people around you zooming off. DON'T DO IT!!! You will DIE.
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:42 PM
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24. I usually avoid jumping out at the start
I know that other peoples' paces will mess me up in a big way. In fact, my plan is to be at the end of the group at the start line.
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Wapsie B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:53 PM
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26. Good Luck!
Don't worry about being slow. I'd walk the whole way myself.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:53 PM
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27. I'd go with number 2, but
Don't "try" to pick up the pace, commit to it. Tell yourself that at the x mile point, or at the x minute point, you'll amp it up a couple notches. Maybe you'll be inspired.

When I'm biking, I take into consideration how many folks are in front of me, and make a game out of it (realistically speaking). I give myself a set number of people to pass, say 10. I keep a reward in mind for accomplishing the feat. Again, realistically. If I'm 200 lbs on a mountainbike, and I'm faced with passing a 165 lb guy on a Litespeed, and we're on asphalt, it ain't gonna happen.

Whatever you do, best of luck. You've come a long way.
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