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  • ohioguy12

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    Sep 22, 2009 5:28 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I'm getting ready to run in my first 5K in a couple of weeks, does anyone know the proper way to train for this? I'm use to running a mile or so a few days a week, but running 3.2 miles is an entire different story...
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    Sep 22, 2009 6:17 PM GMT
    Just depends on what else you do for your aerobic endurance. My suggestion would be to cut out one of the one mile days and try a long run of 2 to 2.5 miles with a recovery day afterwards. If you can do 2.5 miles comfortably then you can handle 3. Your other option is to plan for walk run intervals. Really depends, on you exhausted after the mile or do you feel you could run more? Building running endurance is not like cramming for a test. You have to take it slow and steady.

    Good luck!
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    Sep 22, 2009 6:59 PM GMT
    I know plenty of computer programmers whose more athletic activity is Dungeons and Dragons who have successfully completed a race using the Couch to 5K program.
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    Sep 22, 2009 7:23 PM GMT
    Run 1 mile one day
    Day off
    Run 1.5 next day
    Day off
    Run 1 mile fartleks
    Day off
    Run 2 miles
    Day off
    Run 1.5 miles
    Day Off
    Run 1.5 miles as hills
    Day Off
    Run 1.5 miles
    Day off
    Run 3 miles.

    That is a 15 day one. I can break it down if you have longer.
  • zakariahzol

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    Sep 24, 2009 8:27 PM GMT
    5k is not a long run. I do that all the times and I am not in a best shape. Since it your first, I suggest you take it easy and enjoy yourself. Dont worry about speeding or breaking any record. 5K is really fun.

    Good luck.

    zak
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    Sep 27, 2009 11:47 PM GMT
    a 5k run is nice and easy.
    a 5k race is HELL!

    the rule of thumb of a 5k race: at the gun shot you jump full speed ahead, you accelerate midway and then sprint at the end. You bathe in lactic acid and wonder where the fuck is the oxygen. Every guy who passes you is agony, and if a GIRL happens to pass you, it's ok to just stop and cry.

    But if it's your first, go gradual, just do this one as a basis from which to build on afterward.

    As for preparation , there's already good advice above.
    make sure you're pretty much on an empty stomach and don't drink too much before. Mustn't feel bloated. Those are short races, you won't deplete your glycogen or electrolytes.
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    Sep 29, 2009 5:12 PM GMT


    Two weeks is not a lot of time to prepare for a 5k, it takes me 6 months or more to get into decent race shape. That being said, i would recommend just logging some easy miles. One week before your race you can do a race simulation. Run 3 x one mile at your ideal race pace, with up to 5 mins rest between each mile. IE. If your looking to run 30 mins for your 5k you would want to hit 10 mins per mile. This will get your body familiar with feeling you will have on race day. Run hard and Good Luck!
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    Sep 29, 2009 5:17 PM GMT
    xassantex saida 5k run is nice and easy.
    a 5k race is HELL!

    the rule of thumb of a 5k race: at the gun shot you jump full speed ahead, you accelerate midway and then sprint at the end. You bathe in lactic acid and wonder where the fuck is the oxygen. Every guy who passes you is agony, and if a GIRL happens to pass you, it's ok to just stop and cry.

    But if it's your first, go gradual, just do this one as a basis from which to build on afterward.

    As for preparation , there's already good advice above.
    make sure you're pretty much on an empty stomach and don't drink too much before. Mustn't feel bloated. Those are short races, you won't deplete your glycogen or electrolytes.


    I totally love your response! lol

    If a girl passed me, I would just come to a stop and walk off the road!
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    Sep 29, 2009 5:29 PM GMT
    danielryan said
    xassantex saida 5k run is nice and easy.
    a 5k race is HELL!

    the rule of thumb of a 5k race: at the gun shot you jump full speed ahead, you accelerate midway and then sprint at the end. You bathe in lactic acid and wonder where the fuck is the oxygen. Every guy who passes you is agony, and if a GIRL happens to pass you, it's ok to just stop and cry.

    But if it's your first, go gradual, just do this one as a basis from which to build on afterward.

    As for preparation , there's already good advice above.
    make sure you're pretty much on an empty stomach and don't drink too much before. Mustn't feel bloated. Those are short races, you won't deplete your glycogen or electrolytes.


    I totally love your response! lol

    If a girl passed me, I would just come to a stop and walk off the road!


    And the winner of Todays GAYEST comment is DANIELRYAN. ( showered with flowers and whistles).
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    Sep 29, 2009 6:37 PM GMT
    hector2009 said
    danielryan said
    xassantex saida 5k run is nice and easy.
    a 5k race is HELL!

    the rule of thumb of a 5k race: at the gun shot you jump full speed ahead, you accelerate midway and then sprint at the end. You bathe in lactic acid and wonder where the fuck is the oxygen. Every guy who passes you is agony, and if a GIRL happens to pass you, it's ok to just stop and cry.

    But if it's your first, go gradual, just do this one as a basis from which to build on afterward.

    As for preparation , there's already good advice above.
    make sure you're pretty much on an empty stomach and don't drink too much before. Mustn't feel bloated. Those are short races, you won't deplete your glycogen or electrolytes.


    I totally love your response! lol

    If a girl passed me, I would just come to a stop and walk off the road!


    And the winner of Todays GAYEST comment is DANIELRYAN. ( showered with flowers and whistles).


    yea, thats right!
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    Sep 30, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
    it's an attribute of gay men, by nature they make gay comments.
    but being showered with whistles? .... ouch .

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    Sep 30, 2009 4:50 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]trackstar5k said[/cite]

    it takes me 6 months or more to get into decent race shape/quote]
    This has to be a typo.
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    Sep 30, 2009 5:06 AM GMT
    honestly 5k is short compared to other races i run 5k around 4 or 5x a week. just start out and have a fierce playlist on that ipod and you're good to go lol
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    Oct 07, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    The key to running a good 5k is actually to train for a 10k...lol. Do short runs 3x a week and then a long run once, trying to run about every other day. Increase your long run by 1 mile per week, until you get to about 6 miles on your long run.

    I've done this program over the past 6 weeks and I have dropped my 5k race time by 2:30. Stick with it...its addictive. Also, don't train for it on a treadmill...always try to run outside!
  • jarhead5536

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    Oct 07, 2009 6:19 PM GMT
    xassantex saida 5k run is nice and easy.
    a 5k race is HELL!

    the rule of thumb of a 5k race: at the gun shot you jump full speed ahead, you accelerate midway and then sprint at the end. You bathe in lactic acid and wonder where the fuck is the oxygen. Every guy who passes you is agony, and if a GIRL happens to pass you, it's ok to just stop and cry.

    But if it's your first, go gradual, just do this one as a basis from which to build on afterward.

    As for preparation , there's already good advice above.
    make sure you're pretty much on an empty stomach and don't drink too much before. Mustn't feel bloated. Those are short races, you won't deplete your glycogen or electrolytes.


    Sounds just like the strategy the Marine Corps taught me for the 3 mile PFT! Just run as fast as you possibly can and the pain will be over in less than 20 minutes...
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    Oct 09, 2009 2:23 AM GMT
    yeah except running at max speed proves the relativity theory right.
    The fastest you go the slowest time feels to you.
    However you appear to have aged 15 years when you finish, which is a paradox.


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    Oct 09, 2009 2:56 AM GMT
    Pinny saidRun 1 mile one day
    Day off
    Run 1.5 next day
    Day off
    Run 1 mile fartleks
    Day off
    Run 2 miles
    Day off
    Run 1.5 miles
    Day Off
    Run 1.5 miles as hills
    Day Off
    Run 1.5 miles
    Day off
    Run 3 miles.

    That is a 15 day one. I can break it down if you have longer.


    The only thing I'd add to this is that for many new runners the added distance is as much a psychological hurdle as a physical one. So the thing to do is building your mileage through interval training. Run that 1.5 miles. Walk for 3 minutes, then run another quarter mile. Add accordingly on other days until you can run your intended distance without problem.
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    Oct 09, 2009 3:08 AM GMT
    That's a good point, it really is mind over running in this case.
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    Oct 09, 2009 5:52 AM GMT
    danielryan said
    xassantex saida 5k run is nice and easy.
    a 5k race is HELL!

    the rule of thumb of a 5k race: at the gun shot you jump full speed ahead, you accelerate midway and then sprint at the end. You bathe in lactic acid and wonder where the fuck is the oxygen. Every guy who passes you is agony, and if a GIRL happens to pass you, it's ok to just stop and cry.

    But if it's your first, go gradual, just do this one as a basis from which to build on afterward.

    As for preparation , there's already good advice above.
    make sure you're pretty much on an empty stomach and don't drink too much before. Mustn't feel bloated. Those are short races, you won't deplete your glycogen or electrolytes.


    I totally love your response! lol

    If a girl passed me, I would just come to a stop and walk off the road!


    Awww come on guys.

    Unless you're under 19 minutes for 5k (that's real minutes not online embellished minutes) you have an excellent chance of being beaten by several women in your average sized race. Around here it's not all that uncommon for the winning females to be in the 17:00s-low 18s.
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    Oct 10, 2009 5:17 AM GMT
    haha, you're right. I know only too well.

    My best ever was 18' 20" , but even then there were girls faster than me.
    I beat one in a Xcountry race once ( 4 years ago )but two weeks later she left be biting the dust on pavement . I would have liked to hate her , but she was cute and really sweet. damn.

    Worse! i only did one half marathon, but from lack of proper preparation and other reasons ( typical loser reasons ) i bonked at km 17 , or 18 , i forgot. Anyway, this sort of stout woman ( some female version of Gimli ) whom i had passed a long long while before just ran straight by me near the finish.
    Now, i really really wanted to cry then..hahaha.
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    Oct 10, 2009 5:22 AM GMT
    Pinny saidThat's a good point, it really is mind over running in this case.


    Over Fifteen hundred STOOPID POSTSicon_lol.gif Give out sum sound advice dum dum...lolicon_exclaim.gif

    Bro...I do not know wut time of da day ur runnin, but do NOT eat heavy, juice, water and fresh seasonal fruit, will be ur best friend. Stretch n sleep well da nite b4, also have awesome Ipod as ur best friend to assist uicon_wink.gif