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Preperation for my first 5k race.....well sort of race!

So the time has come, im running the 'race for life' 5k on Sunday! i am so excited but terrified, although i have run 5k a few times now and still running 3 times a week i still dont feel quite ready, im worried i will start off too fast in the excitment of it all.

Are there any tips or advise you can give me on the training i should be doing leading up to Sunday, im going to run 5k tonight (hopefully :S) but im not sure how far i should push myself before the big day?

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I'd take Saturday off for sure. If it were me I would run on Thursday or Friday but take it easy. No point trying for a PB two days before a race.

I haven't done a proper race yet but I Parkrun regularly. Most people shoot off at the start, I always make sure I start quite slowly and then I end up passing loads of people. It's easy to get caught up in the crowd and go too fast. If you're not sure then there's no harm in going slow for the first few hundred metres until the crowd starts to thin out a bit and then you can concentrate on finding your pace. It's a lot of fun running with other people and I'm sure you'll find it easier than you expect.

Good luck and have fun!


I agree with Caz's words of wisdom, too fast and you may not manage to run the whole distance. If you are running with your music that should help to keep you in check if you listen to the beat. Wishing you all the very best for your race.


I've done RfL a few times now. Before I did C25k I reckoned i could walk/jog it in about 45 minutes. My experience is that is less of a proper race than Parkrun. There's lots of people who walk the whole thing and a good few who start running and stop suddenly. Depending on the size of the field, they split the start into runners, joggers and walkers. I'd advise you to join the joggers or the back of the runners. If you've managed 5k a few times you will be fine. You may find it takes quite some time to get through the start and even then the crowd means it takes a while to get into your stride and running.


Thank you for all of your advise...wilmacgh you were right, people were stopping and walking suddenly and it was a bit of a battle to get through, but having to sprint past them did mean that i got my PB 5k time!

i enjoyed myself but feel like its time to take the next step and start going to my local Parkrun :)


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