Trying To Decide About My First 5K

A year or so ago, my little sister really got into running.  She has participated in several 5K races, and I promised her that, when I got into shape, I’d run in one with her.  When I made the promise, I had yet to fully dedicate myself to getting in shape an losing weight.  Now that The 929 Project is in full swing, and I’m exercising four or five times a week, I think I’m ready to honor my promise.

I need to pick out a 5K race, here in Georgia.  I want to feel comfortable, and I don’t want to feel like a “newbie”.  If you have any suggestions, I’m looking or a 5K race, in the Spring.  I’m willing to drive, but it needs to be in the state of Georgia.

I have no idea what to expect.  All I can do, on my end, is prepare.  Right now, I can pretty comfortably run a mile, maybe a mile-and-a-half.  I want to be able to do four miles, without stopping, before I try the 5K.  In other words, I want to be able to go and enjoy myself, and not worry about huffing and puffing all the way through.

Side note:  My little sister is going to have another baby, her third, a little boy.  So, I’ll run my first race without her.  Once she gets back into running, we’ll do one together – and she will crush me.

2 thoughts on “Trying To Decide About My First 5K

  1. Wow, congrats on deciding to go for it!

    My advice: Google “Couch to 5K” or look at 5K training programs on coolrunning.com. Even though you’re not at the couch stage, it will give you an idea on how to safely and gradually increase your mileage.

    Also, remember that a lot of running is in your head. I always do better on race days than on training days because it’s soooo fun and exciting to be in a whole crowd of people who are jazzed and ready to go!! And this is all despite the fact that I’m always one of the slowest runners out there, lol.

  2. Thanks for the mention of me! However, it’ll probably be forever until I run a 5K again. I am excited to know about the Couch to 5K podcast thing. I’ll be checking that out sometime in April. Let’s plan to run together maybe mid-fall next year. Love ya!

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