The First One is Tomorrow!


My first 5k is tomorrow morning!

I’m excited.

I’m nervous.

I’m ready… I think.

I want to thank all of you who offered advice whether I spoke with you personally or if you commented on what I should expect. I had a bit of anxiety over the little things and you all made me feel more prepared with your answers. In addition, you brought up a few more things I hadn’t thought of at all!

Thank you for offering advice to a newbie, especially if you are an experienced runner who does a 5k as a warm-up. 😉 We all have to start somewhere! When I first decided I was going to do this, all I wanted to do was be able to finish it running non-stop. Now I know that I can do that. But it’s still hard.

Many people run their first 5k after they have lost all their weight. I’m doing it before I’m half-way there. I am officially down 29 lbs now and have recently had a lot of people asking what I’m doing to achieve that. It’s simple… and it’s not. So expect a post on that probably next week!

I have been reading a few running blogs and articles that I have found have offering advice and insight to new runners. I can’t tell you how invaluable this information is! So if you are new to running, be sure to read these. I found them helpful!

Nine Race-Day Tips for Your First 5k (

How to Fuel for a 5k ( – Thanks, Bukie! 😉

New Runner Tips (Twelve-in-Twelve by MN Ann)

Running Tips (by Fit This, Girl!)

Are you Ready and Well-Prepared for Your Race Day? (Special thanks to my cuz, Kim for sending this!)

I know there are more out there and I should have organized them all in one nice spreadsheet or something to have for future reference or to share all in one post for you. I’ll get better at that. I promise.

Now my only concern?

A cold and rainy race.

I wasn’t exactly expecting that. And it was probably my biggest fear {fear used loosely here}. I haven’t run in a downpour yet. I think that was my concern for clothing. Oh well. I guess we’ll see how that goes and how cold and wet I get! Thanks to all of you out there for your advice and support! I will update you on Monday.

If you run, do you remember your first race?

…how it felt?

…if you were nervous?


3 responses »

  1. Don’t worry to much, you’ll be great!

    My first 5k was in Buffalo, NY in December. Very cold, thought it wasn’t too bad! I wasn’t feeling as well as I hoped, and was very nervous about it, but as soon as the gun went off I realized something. It is just running, something I have been doing for weeks leading up to it.

    You’ve already fought the battle getting yourself to the start line, and in my opinion race day is just the reward after all the hard work you’ve put in.

    Good luck!

  2. Yay Carrie! You are gonna rock it! If its just a little drizzly, it’ll feel great as you run! If its really rainy, you might want a really light rain jacket. Rain is pretty fun! Have a great race!

  3. Just remember that the training was the hard work. The race is the reward and party at the end! You will do great. Enjoy it! (As far as rain and cold goes, I’ve run in some awful stuff. I find it a lot easier to do it during a race. There’s something to that ‘misery loves company’ thing!)

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