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How long did it take for you to enter your first race? (Read 819 times)

John Rustle


^^^fussy biatch

    I've only been "running" for two months and have not even considered entering a race.  How about you?

      I've only been "running" for two months and have not even considered entering a race.  How about you?

       

      somewhere between 8 & 10 years from when I started running consistently to when I entered my first 5 k race. 

      (Yes, that's a LONG time, but I wasn't in any rush).

      2014 Goals:

      #1: Do what I can do. <DOING>

      #2: 365 Hours training <NOPE, INJURED>

       

      John Rustle


      ^^^fussy biatch

        somewhere between 8 & 10 years from when I started running consistently to when I entered my first 5 k race. 

        (Yes, that's a LONG time, but I wasn't in any rush).

         

        Wow, crazy.  Do you remember how you did?

          Eight years for me, too. I was mostly just running on a treadmill for fitness until a friend told me about some races he'd done. I love racing! Not because I'm good at it, because I'm not. But it's fun. Smile

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            Wow, crazy.  Do you remember how you did?

             

            Yes, 11/15/2008, a local 5k race with about 200 to 300 runners.  My wife and I both raced for the 1st time.  She beat me and won her age group.  I decided I needed to race more often and make sure she wouldn't beat me anymore.

             

            I don't remember how long it took me for the 5k, but I remember the route and the temperature that morning.

            2014 Goals:

            #1: Do what I can do. <DOING>

            #2: 365 Hours training <NOPE, INJURED>

             

            ND Wolfwood


              I started running with the C25K program, and like many folks, I wanted to run a race soon after graduating.  I believe that first race was about a week after finishing the program, so I must've registered for it sometime within the 9 weeks that the program ran . . . probably about a month after starting.

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              PR's: 5K - 19:21 (6/15/13) | 10K - 40:27 (7/4/13) | 10M - 1:06:44 (9/21/13)  | Half - 1:29:50 (2/17/13) | Full - 3:12:09 (10/26/13) | 6 HR - 37.05 mi (11/16/13)

               

              Upcoming Goal Race: Snickers Albany Marathon (3/1/14)

                Started training in Jan 2006.  First 5K in April, first half marathon in June and first marathon in October.  50 some races since then and top 3 in AG in more than half of them.  But I'm one of the crazy people and I still walk more than I run.  And it's easy to place in AG when the other old women don't come out for the same races I do.

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                A Saucy Wench

                  I kind of entered a race before i started running really.  I started running sproadically at lunch at work because it seemed to be the thing to do.  I thought I would try it.  And I had worked my way up to about 2 miles (although at the time I thought it was more - no really good way to map it then) and someone talked me in to race for the cure. 

                   

                  AFTER the race.  when I had run the whole race, THAT high is what made me really start running "for real"

                  I have become Death, the destroyer of electronic gadgets

                   

                  "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7

                    I didn't start running till I was in Afghanistan in 2010, age 37.  Had a surgery in July while there that I was trying to recuperate from.  It was about August when I started, and I pretty quickly got up to the 8 and 10 mile distance range. 

                     

                    I couldn't wait to get back home to run a race, so I signed up for the "Army 10 miler Shadow Run" in Bagram, Afghanistan less than 3 months after I started running, and I beat most of the Army dudes and almost all the Air Force dudes.  --- It was on from there, I was hooked on running and also various races after that.

                     

                    Currently I run a race almost every single weekend (most are 5k but some 10K, Half, Full, Longer...) I'm doing something like 40-45 races a year now, and lovin' it :-).

                    The Plan (big parts)→  /// April:  Hampton, VA 24 Hour Run for Cancer (PR 80 Miles) ///  Nov:  New York Marathon  ///  Dec:  Seashore State Park 50K  ///  ∞

                      After running about a year, I entered a race.

                       

                      For me, the race gave me a focus. I used to run when I felt like running. So after a Christmas break, that was 3 months break. Then maybe ran once or twice a week. After registering a race, I picked a 12 weeks training plan, and stuck on it most of the time. It gave me the motivation.

                       

                      After the first race, suddenly I felt more confident and start running faster and longer. I am sure it was not just the race, but mainly the 12 week hard work.

                       

                      Then I registered a second race 6 weeks later to see my training progress. Again I felt more confident and can run faster and longer after the race.

                       

                      However, I don't like racing. It hurts. I battled a lot during the race and constantly wanted to give up, but I wanted to finish it. The good news is after the race my training seems nothing now compared to the pain I got during the race. And sometimes I get some low point during my training, but I can push through as it was really nothing compared to the race.

                      5k - 20:56 (09/12), 7k - 28:40 (11/12), 10k trial - 43:08  (03/13), 42:05 (05/13), FM - 3:09:28 (05/13), HM - 1:28:20 (05/14), Failed 10K trial - avg 6:10/mi for 4mi (29/08/14)

                      lilac_jive


                      Jess runs for bacon

                        I started C25K last November, and ran my first half in April '12. I had to walk/run it and did terrrible, but I was still hooked. Completed my first and second half marathons in October and November. I love races Big grin

                         

                        www.backuprunner.net

                          I started running in July and ran my first 5k the first weekend in November. A few days later I registered for my second 5k during the third weekend of November. A few days after that, I registered for my first HM (end on March).

                           

                          I don't need to have a race to be focused, but racing lets me know if I'm improving and what I need to work on. Plus, it's a lot of fun! Smile

                          5k - 25:15 (11/18/12)

                          10mi - 1:33:18 (3/2/14)

                          HM - 2:06:12 (3/24/13)

                           

                          Upcoming Races:

                          9/21 - Beat the Blerch HM

                          10/18 - Baltimore HM

                           

                          Everything you need is already inside. [[Bill Bowerman]]

                            Entered a race before I even started - as kind of a motivator to get me to do the training part.  It didnt work.  I entered a 5k and did 2 training runs for it and hurt like hell at the end.  I just kind of realized that I knew in the back of my mind that I could finish a 5k without training and did.

                             

                            So after that I started signing up for races that I knew I would have to put the training in - did some triathlons and my first marathon less than a year later (which also hurt a lot because I was way undertrained).


                            jules2

                              About five minutes but its quicker now as you can enter most races on line.Cool

                               

                              i did it the other way around I entered a race found out how unfit I was and then started training, this is a comment not advice.

                              Old age is when you move from illegal to prescribed drugs.

                              John Rustle


                              ^^^fussy biatch

                                About five minutes but its quicker now as you can enter most races on line.Cool

                                 

                                i did it the other way around I entered a race found out how unfit I was and then started training, this is a comment not advice.

                                 

                                I'm surprised it took this long for this response.  Wink

                                 

                                Cool stuff guys thanks, keep it coming.  

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