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This post is late… like, 2 months late!  But I am finally finished with the Couch to 5k program and “ready” for my first 5k TOMORROW (follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter to see pictures from the start and finish tomorrow morning)!

I’ve had a very hard time staying on track to say the very least, but I’m happy to say that I’m actually sticking to my goal and running the Sound to Narrows 5k (  The main event of this race is the 12k that I’ve wanted to run for a very long time but never got around to training for so I figured that the 5k version would be a good starting goal.  I registered at the end of April and have been waffling back and forth on whether I’m ready or not ever since.

A Couple Tips

1. Wear the shoes and outfits you’ve been wearing while training.  This probably seems obvious but don’t go out and buy a new pair of shoes or a new running outfit right before the race.  You don’t want to be worrying about blisters or wardrobe malfunctions with new shoes or clothing during the race.  Wear what you know is comfortable and fits correctly.

2. Drink plenty of water.  You want to make sure you’re staying hydrated throughout your training but your hydration needs to happen throughout the day and week, not just during your runs or during the race.

3. Eat sensibly. “Carbo loading” isn’t necessary for a 5k and if done incorrectly can really affect your performance (anyone else see the Office episode where Michael Scott “carbo loaded” right before his benefit race? … I miss that show already).  Have good balanced meals the day before the race and a light breakfast the morning of (if you’re used to eating before your workouts).

4. Relax.  In your first 5k, you’re probably not going to break speed records or pass a bunch of people (something my competitive side is trying to come to terms with).  Think about how far you’ve come and let that be the motivation that drives you through the race.  Run your best race and be proud of your accomplishment!

Couch to 5k Program Printable

For those of you just joining me, you can find the complete Couch to 5k program on the Cool Running website.  I’ve also uploaded a more printer friendly version to my account.   There are two versions depending on how you plan to structure your training.  If you have access to a track that you can use to run specific distances, download the Distance format.  If you will be tracking time, download the Time format.


4 Responses to Couch to 5k – My First 5k and Printable

  1. hsmominmo says:

    You have no idea how impressed I am. You Go Girl!!! And facebooking and twittering along the way? Wow!
    I loathe exercise, especially running. But I have the greatest respect for those that discipline themselves to do it. Good for you! Looking forward to hearing all the details.

  2. Kathi says:

    Good for you! How did it go?

    • It actually went really well, Kathi. I was able to jog the whole way and passed all the jogger/walkers (even though most of them were probably not trying to race me, I was racing them!). I felt really good about it.