Official Castaway Cay 5K Thread

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  1. maiapapaya

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    Just had my first couple of runs of the summer in real heat + humidity here. How bad is it at CC in March? We will be coming out of the Canadian winter, so 100% unacclimatized to the heat - I'm somewhat worried about how we'll manage for the 5k! :scared:
     
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  3. Dug720

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    A good friend of mine is from south Alabama so he's also accustomed to heat and humidity. But he said the h&h in the Caribbean kicked his butt. (He's not just a casual runner, but a BQed marathoner, so his training is SERIOUS business.)
     
  4. dandjfla

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    I was at CC this past March and at race time it was in the low 70's. I didn't run but thought it was beautiful weather to do so.
     
  5. maiapapaya

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    Thanks, that's reassuring!
     
  6. FamilyofDisneyFans

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    THANK YOU!!!:thanks:
     
  7. deputymama

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    Me too! Except my race would be in October. I'm just wondering, for someone who is not in the best of shape, what is a good time to finish the race in? I've never done a 5K before but my goal would be to walk the first 5 min, run and then walk the last 5 minutes. I'm starting to train at my gym and can do it in 45 minutes now. But my DH laughs and says he can walk it in 45 mins. So what is the average time? And what goal should I set for myself?
     
  8. Dug720

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    Google Couch to 5K. It's designed to take you to a 5K in I think something like 9 weeks.

    As far as a "good" time, that's relative. I finished my first 5K in 39:18 and was thrilled!! I know others who finished their first 5K in under 20 - they're just gifted at running. I always go into a race with one goal - have fun and finish. That's it.

    And I use the run-walk method at a 4 minutes run/1 minute walk ratio repeated constantly from the beginning. A correct run-walk method starts at the very first step of a race. 99% of the time when you hear someone say "I tried it and it didn't work" when you dig further, you learn they started it far too late into the race for it to do any good.
     
  9. deputymama

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    I LOVE this thanks!

    How do you know you've run for 4 min and then how long to walk for 1 min? Do you wear a watch or just guesstimate?
     
  10. mordecai

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    As a general rule if you're trying to hit a goal it seems the 31 minute mark for a 5k is a common one. That would be a 10 minute mile. I agree that if you're not having fun tho I wouldn't go crazy worrying about times.

    To give you an idea, I'm a 32yo casual runner and I do a 5k in around 24-25 minutes. My wife is (same age) an avid runner and does them in around 20-22 minutes. The Disney 5k isn't really a competitive race tho, but it's a fantastic goal for your first 5k as it's a great experience!

    If you're just starting out, get a wrist watch to do your timed run/jog/walks. There are lots of couch-to-5k programs out there, but they all use that same basic principle. You can PM me if you have other running/5k questions as my wife and I both have quite a bit of experience since we started out from basically nothing 2 or 3 years ago.
     
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    I have a GPS watch that has an interval feature that I usually use.

    I also have a "GymBoss" which is just an interval timer - no mileage tracked or anything. Just up to 99 reps of whatever intervals you want. I think it was like 19.99. There may be an interval app on a smartphone, but I haven't explored that.
     
  12. bumbershoot

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    It doesn't matter what others are doing, time-wise, with the 5K (or any, really). Do it for you, and don't let silly husbands mess with your head. Just realize that *in general* men are faster than women, and if he's already more in shape than you it makes the difference more, and his "I can walk it in that time" needs to go in one ear and out the other (and hopefully he's not going to continue saying such things).


    The C25K programs are great, but don't be afraid to repeat weeks! The 9 week thing is silly when you are just starting off a fitness program, because your cardiovascular system doesn't always get with the program that fast. Around 4 or 5 weeks there's always a huge leap in the distance/time that you're jogging, and if your lungs can't take it or your heart is beating out of your chest, don't move on. Just repeat that week until you can do it.


    The "say you're 12" thing is NOT what the CM on our 5K did. She had a relatively long conversation with the parent of the younger child, and while she might have gotten the child a bib later on, the child did NOT have a bib while running. And, in fact, the child's behaviour on the course made me SO glad I had left my son with his dad instead of letting him run, because if my son had acted the way the child was acting when I passed them (shocker, since I'm a slowpoke) it would have really ruined my fun on the 5K.


    If I remember correctly, I finished (walking, slow jogging) in something like 46 minutes, and there were plenty of people behind me. CM was there handing out medals, it was still fun. No characters, though, not at the beginning or when I finished.
     
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    Of course you can modify the program. Though in a lot of cases (mine included) the problem wasn't the jump in running time...the problem was thinking that "running" meant running fast. You don't have to even be running 5mph for it to be "running". It's just going faster than walking (and by walking there should be pace and purpose...not strolling along like Sunday in the park).
     
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    :)

    I mentioned it because there are so many people who just drop out and stop the program rather than modify it. They blame themselves for not being able to do it rather than help themselves work through it.
     
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    :goodvibes

    Exactly! In my case it was speed that almost caused me to drop out. I didn't think I could do it because I couldn't run "that long" when I got to the longer runs. Some friends said "How fast are you running?" and I said "5-5.5 on the treadmill." Their response was "Duh. You're starting out. You don't have to run fast! Just go faster than you walk!" :)
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  16. mordecai

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    I've also found there are 2 types of runners. One type does it to get in shape or because they set a goal. Another type runs for the love of running. It seems to be easier for the latter to keep it up, moreso than the former. I do it to stay in shape while my wife just loves running. It seems to make a difference in the dedication as well. Either way, I think we have gone slightly :offtopic: :goodvibes
     
  17. dandjfla

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    Can you drop your kids off at Skuttles Cove if both you and your hubby want to run??
     
  18. momto3gr8boys

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    Yes, the rest of the group will wait for you to catch up. I know one mom rode the tram with the kids as her DH walked with us and then she caught up after.

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  19. PoohJen

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    I love my C25K program on my android phone! So much so, that I've repeated Week 1 for the past month!!!:rotfl2:

    But now that I have the Castaway Cay 5k to motivate me, I actually moved onto Week 2 last night. I could have done so all along, but the Week 1 workout was just my stride, I was comfortable with it (albeit, I should've challenged myself a little more after the first week). :upsidedow:thumbsup2
     
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    I just switched from C25K, which I used a few times in the past, to the Zombies, Run! 5K trainer. It's awesome! It's nice having a story unfolding as you're running. Try it out, the program is similar to C25K, but adds some leg exercises as well.
     
  21. AdaraRae

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    How much does it cost

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