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Why oh why did I sign up for a 5K? Ugh. I ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill a few times and thought it might be a fun idea to do a real 5K. Now I'm scared that I won't be able to complete it or that I'll come in dead last or will puke or something. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Is there anything I should or shouldn't do for the next couple days?<br><br>
Would running the next day or two be helpful or hurtful regarding the race? Should I skip the gym all together or maybe just do something low impact like the elliptical or weight training?<br><br>
Thanks you running ladies!
 

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ok, if you've already run 3.5, you're so good to go! before my first 5K, i had only ever run 2 miles. i really didn't know if i would finish.<br><br>
barring injury, you WILL finish. if you have to walk, then walk. that is the wonderful thing about road racing - there are all sorts of people entering - the superfast, the locally fast, the recreational runner, walkers, first timers - it's AWESOME!<br><br>
take your time. don't get wrapped up in the speed of the first mile, but don't get stuck in the back at the beginning either.<br><br>
do whatever you normally do two days before. the day before, i will usually go for a nice, easy run, but given this is your first race, i'd do 1 mile, just to stretch and get excited for the race the next day.<br><br>
enjoy - and report back!
 

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yeah for you! I just did my 3rd 5K this past saturday.<br>
3.5, you're fine. really, the adrenalin gets you through. make sure to put yourself a little further forward in the line up at the beginning than you think you should be so that you don't get stuck. give it a little fast on the first few strides and ease off so that you don't loose your breath. than take it easy until the 2nd mile give it more the 2nd and than just keep going the 3rd until you see the end and then just open up as much as you can.<br>
This is the advice i took and it took significant time off my 5K.<br>
I'm sure there are other methods. I would love to see what more experienced runners do??<br>
oh, and make sure to pee first!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Don't do much working out over the next few days. Maybe just do a really short, slow jog the day before. Warming up is a good idea... so get there a little early. Don't worry... people love cheering you on! I did an 8k 6 weeks pp and was last. I had the jogger and stopped to nurse ds2. DH ran back and ran the last to miles with me. It was still fun!<br><br>
Oh... and get ready to get hooked! You're a running mama now! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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drink a ton of water today and tomorrow so you are well hydrated before teh race
 
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