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catycatcat4
06-01-2010, 10:06 PM
I was wanting to start running this summer so i can do the smaller 5k family race.

I have no idea where to start!
Also the info on that race is very vauge can you guys tell me more about it?

I will be running with my brother who has a head start because he has been runing at P.E all school year.

thanks!

crewmatt
06-02-2010, 10:21 AM
The best place to start would be to look up a couch to 5k program (runners world has a few). They are fairly conservative which will help prevent injuries. Also I'd goto a running store and get a good set of running shoes.

If you want more exacting info let me know

jngwright
06-02-2010, 10:24 AM
I totally agree with the Couch to 5K program!! I am one of those people who has always looked at runners and thought "why do they want to do that??" but secretly envied them! I started C25K and am on week 4 and REALLY LIKE RUNNING.... It is an awesome program that gradually gets you into running greater distances.

www.coolrunning.com

Good luck!!!!!:thumbsup2

FireDancer
06-02-2010, 10:35 AM
The first place to start, even before the couch to 5k program, is at a good local running store. You are in the Tampa area if I recall. When I started running I was living in Clearwater (my first ever 5K was the 5K over Gasparilla Marathon weekend in 2005) and The American Running Company in Dunedin was a great store. They can get you a shoe that fits your foot properly and your running gait so you don't end up injured and discouraged.

The couch to 5K program has worked for a lot of people. I went a little less formal. I had a treadmill at the gym of my apartment complex and was able to slowly run about 1 mile when I started. I went down there and forced myself to run 1.25 miles. I did that a couple of times and made myself run 1.5 and stepped it up until I could do 3.1 on the treadmill (it took about 3 weeks). Once I did that I found a 3.1 mile course around the apartment and ran it 3 or 4 times before doing the 5K.

Everyone is different so what worked for me might not for you but I found when I started that most of my "limits" were much more mental then physical. I felt like I was going to pass out when I ran that first mile but found when I made myself run 1.25 that I didn't feel any worse. The same went for 1.5 when I got there. The biggest difference I noticed was when I switched from the treadmill to the road. That first 3 mile run I did out on the street (in Palm harbor actually) I felt waaaaay better then I did even doing one mile on the treadmill and I am still that way. I feel better after a 2 hour training run outside then after 30 minutes on the treadmill.

Good luck.

es45
06-02-2010, 04:38 PM
Is there a thread "support group" for people running the 5k where the OP (and I) could read to keep up with info for the races?

catycatcat4
06-03-2010, 09:56 PM
Thanks guys as for shoes im stuck with whatever cheap pair i can get at payless.


I have done some running before in 9th grade (in 12 this starting school year) we had to run a little over mile non stop to pass this weird health/P.E class.

I was like the only girl who was not to much of a wimp to do it. :rolleyes:

In 9th grade when we where done we where told to walk until our heart rate was back to normal.

Will you injure yourself if you dont do that?