My first proper race
Ive got my first 10k in a couple of weeks and im abit nervous having never run a race before and been running for a year or so(tho properly training since feb).Im worried that im going to get tired and if i slow to a fast walk to recover or slow jog then ill get `looked down on` by other runners!
There is a worry that although the race is meant to be fun im worried its going to be competitive and the fun part gets lost! I know its all very negative of me and i keep telling myself that its just about getting round the course but any advice would be appreciated! Tell me all u pros arent as serious and intimidating as u look! Thank you and any advice appreciated!
Jenny - ditto to all Peter's comments. We've all been there, nervous first race etc. Every race I've been in, there's been people faster, people slower, chatty people, competitive 'serious' people & even those just out for a laugh.
Look out for the most used oldest kit - that's probably the winner. Latest fashion gear? Soon behind you. And the "serious and intimidating pros" ... they're just as nervous as you about the next 6 and bit miles and trying to hide it.
Advice - just do your own thing & enjoy it.Smile at any photographers (even if it kills you, it will look a lot better in the photo later)Quick words of thanks or banter as you run past marshalls or supporters.
You'll have something to talk about for ages.And looking forward - you'll have a real target PB to beat next time.
Good luck ... where is it? and come back and let us know how you got on.
Thanks soooooooo much for your advice guys really appreciate itIts the Kirkby moorside 10k in north yorkshire.My chosen charity is MIND a mental health charity,and seen as this charity and running has helped lift me out of many a depressive episode i thought it would be good to give something back
Love this site and love the forums thanks again guys! will keep ya posted!!xxx
I've been having the same worries as I'm doing my first race in May. Thanks for the positive comments!
Well done, Jenny, that's a great charity to raise money for.
goodluck with your race Jenny. Do let us know how you get on x
My first ever race is on the 15th may, the great manchester run. Thats a 10k but people have said there's a complete mixture of people there and some will even be walking so i'm trying not to stress, but i'm sure i'll be nervous on the day.
As yet i've not even run 10k in training, got up to 5miles so getting nearer, but i am still ever so slow. I only started running in january. Someone reminded me that whatever time i achieve it will be a new personal best and i'm running for charity too, and i raise the money as long as i make it around thats either walking or running.
My daughters make me laugh though they seem to think i'm going to win, and do not understand the concept of not racing to win. so funny when i come back in from a training run and they give me a big hug and say i'm going to win coz i'm practicing so much. lol!
jenny jones 7 wrote (see)
Im worried that im going to get tired and if i slow to a fast walk to recover or slow jog then ill get `looked down on` by other runners!
The only runners looking down on you will be the really tall ones!
Tell me all u pros arent as serious and intimidating as u look!
I ran a 5k at the weekend where there were a fair few runners who looked young, lean and fit. Mrs CB made the point that if she had to predict an order based on looks, then I wouldn't make the top 10. I came 5th, and a tiny 12 year old lad came 7th. Looks aren't everything. I keep going for "first with moobs" at all my races!
Enjoy the training.
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