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Not sure how to approach my 5K

I will be running my first St. Patrick’s Day race tomorrow (just a 5K)!

I’m excited because I talked my parents, Kyle’s mom, and my aunt, uncle, and 2 little cousins into walking it for exercise 🙂

This will be my first 5K that I’m not running with anyone so I’m hoping to give it my all!

This week’s WORKOUT recap:

Sunday: 7 miles, easy pace.

Got severely dehydrated (felt like a hangover+migraine+dehydration+elephant pounding on my head). Not fun. Be smart folks.

run danville
{Instagram} At least it was pretty

Monday: Skipped my HIIT class because still felt a little weak.

Tuesday: 7 miles. Not easy pace, not hard pace.

run garmin feetures
{Instagram} Ran to Costco to meet Kyle and to get some much needed items + a pizza for dinner to reverse my 7 mile run

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 5K, easy pace

Friday and Saturday off because…

Sunday: RACE!

Not really sure how fast to run this one. I’ve never really raced a 5K before (by this I mean run hard and give it my all- certainly NOT competing with anyone other than myself).

I’m definitely not as fast as I have been in the past and I didn’t start doing speedwork again (after my IT band issues) until recently. I was able to comfortably run 1.19 miles at a 7:57 pace last week. Not really sure what that means though.

Any seasoned 5K runners have advice?

When was the last time you got severely dehydrated?

Do you ever “reverse” runs with food 😉 ?

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12 thoughts on “Not sure how to approach my 5K

  1. Good luck on your race! I am running a 5k tomorrow too. I say give it all you got and with your fast pace, you probably will place in your age group, but the main point is just to have fun! I’ve been pigging out all day (LOL) with the excuse that I am running it all off tomorrow. hahaha

  2. Hey!!! Great job on your runs and have a fun fabulous race tomorrow!! My advice? Listen to your body throughout the race and really try to hit that last mile hard! You are going to do amazing, but HAVE FUN!!! XOXO

  3. 5ks are so hard! I am still trying to get my pacing right for them! I had one last month, and I have one next weekend. My advice based on what you said would be to start at 7:50 ish for the first mile, then try dropping 10-15 seconds each mile if you are feeling good. If at any point you feel like it is too much, just try to maintain your pace instead of dropping down. I’m still learning the 5k pacing though! I

  4. 5ks and I do not get along. I tend to say I will take it easy but then get excited and sprint the whole thing. I usually end up sick and hating myself by the end. I just wasn’t made to do 5ks and I am okay with that 🙂 I hope you have a great time and love that your roped everyone into doing it with you.

  5. Ahhhhh that is so ridiculously exciting to get to run with family! That is literally my #1 favorite thing in the planet!

    Also- just a 5k?!- you are WAY braver then me! 5ks terrify me – so I just don’t run them haha

    Good luck!!

    1. haha I agree with Anne on the 5k!

      Amy-I’m a little late to the party, so I hope your race went well! 5ks are tricky to pace. I go out at a moderately-hard feeling pace and just go by feel

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