Anyone ever done a 5k/15k run?

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#1 Posted by konvikt_17 (22368 posts) -

If so, How was it?
did you like it?

im doing my first ever 5k run tomorow with my dad. doing the Hot Chocolate 15/5k run in St Louis. starts at 7:30am. gonna be cold as fuck.

we went today and got our goodie bag. came with a nice drawstring backpack. a thermos type cup. info sheet. our running bib thingy(the thing with the number on it) and a nice ass pullover jacket. not sure what material it is. kinda like a dry fit like material. really fucking warm for how thin it is. i think its pretty damn awesome.

gotta get up at 5:30am to get ready and such.

im gonna wear some under armor type leggings. gym shorts. under armor running pants. under armor long sleeve shirt. t-shirt. long sleeve shirt. my new jacket.(am another jacket just in case). then i got some gloves. a beanie with earflaps and some sunglasses. and topping it off with my old Ipod Shuffle 2nd gen.

im actually kinda excited.

anyone ever done one of these runs before?

#2 Posted by foxhound_fox (90820 posts) -

Nope.

Hoping to be able to some day.

#3 Posted by thegerg (16052 posts) -

Yes. It sounds like you plan to overdress. Unless you plan on ditching a few layers before you start the run you're going to burn up.

#4 Posted by SaintLeonidas (26733 posts) -

Did a 10K and Half Marathon this year. Both were awesome. 10K was in the summer and Half Marathon in the fall so it luckily wasn't cold. Not sure how cold it is where you are running but don't bundle up too much, once you get moving you could end up sweating your balls off.

#5 Edited by plageus900 (1290 posts) -

Yes. I was on our high school's varsity cross-country team. 5k's were our staple race in high school, but I did a few 10ks in the off season.

#6 Posted by konvikt_17 (22368 posts) -

@thegerg said:

Yes. It sounds like you plan to overdress. Unless you plan on ditching a few layers before you start the run you're going to burn up.

@SaintLeonidas said:

Did a 10K and Half Marathon this year. Both were awesome. 10K was in the summer and Half Marathon in the fall so it luckily wasn't cold. Not sure how cold it is where you are running but don't bundle up too much, once you get moving you could end up sweating your balls off.

ah well its sposed to be about 20 Degrees Farenheit with a wind chill of like 10 or so. last i checked.

was kinda thinking the long sleeve shirt might not be needed. but not sure.

#7 Edited by Iszdope (11253 posts) -

Not since school.

That was 20 years ago...

#8 Posted by Wilfred_Owen (20915 posts) -

I think I run a 5k 3 times a week. I wouldn't recommend wearing the sunglasses unless it's really windy out.

#9 Posted by lostrib (42764 posts) -

I've done a 5k and a half marathon. Both were fun, assuming you enjoy running

#10 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58230 posts) -

I've run 7 or 8km before. Never pushed myself to run further.

#12 Edited by lamprey263 (25585 posts) -

I used to run over 5K like every other day in my prime, never did no 15K though

and I never did any official race event. not even ones of those alcohol induced runs

#13 Posted by whiskeystrike (12096 posts) -

Unless you plan on carrying some clothes with you during the race you might want to lose some of the layers. Soon as you start heating up you're going to start taking stuff off as you run. Even when it gets to -15f here in Alaska I still will end up taking off gloves and balaclava.

If this is your first long-distance run you'll probably end up struggling to finish. Just keep a steady pace throughout and think about whatever other things going on. The more you think about the run, the longer it's going to seem. Hopefully you're hydrated!

#14 Posted by warriorsq (531 posts) -

I'm a long distance or ultra runner personally and don't really enjoy the short 5-10k stuff. My buzz comes from the mileage rather than the speed

#15 Edited by thegerg (16052 posts) -

@whiskeystrike: 5k isn't really a long distance. Pacing and planning doesn't really come much into play over such a short run. 5k is more of a sprint, it's about conditioning.

#16 Edited by konvikt_17 (22368 posts) -

well im back. was fun.

surprisingly i was able to jog the whole time. legs are sore now.

yea i wore too many layers. got hot about halfway through. ended up taking off my beanie and my gloves. then rolled up my sleeves. unzipped my jacket as far as it would go. that helped a bit.

i had a good time. surprised myself. gonna do it again next year

#17 Posted by Flaren_Kuldes (220 posts) -

i jog everyday 10k at my college track field. well ima jock

#18 Posted by whiskeystrike (12096 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@whiskeystrike: 5k isn't really a long distance. Pacing and planning doesn't really come much into play over such a short run. 5k is more of a sprint, it's about conditioning.

For someone who doesn't usually run 5k is pretty long. If 5k is short for you that's great but the thread was about TC.

#19 Edited by whiskeystrike (12096 posts) -

@konvikt_17 said:

well im back. was fun.

surprisingly i was able to jog the whole time. legs are sore now.

yea i wore too many layers. got hot about halfway through. ended up taking off my beanie and my gloves. then rolled up my sleeves. unzipped my jacket as far as it would go. that helped a bit.

i had a good time. surprised myself. gonna do it again next year

Good stuff man! You should look into more events in your area, you might just develop a healthy addiction.

#20 Posted by konvikt_17 (22368 posts) -

^ will do.

i can say right now, i absolutely hate stairs

#21 Posted by Kenocratic (114 posts) -

I tend to get exhausted after 500 meters or so of jogging. So I'd die early if I had to run much more that to save my life in some emergency situation. Oh and as for the race I don't think I'd finish it.

#22 Posted by GazaAli (23782 posts) -

I like working out and I can discipline myself enough to commit to it. But the one workout I despise is running. That shit feels like its the end of the world.

Good luck anyway, hope you'll make it to the finish line and not embarrass yourself :P
One advice to you though, don't overdress. From the looks of it it seems that its freezing where you live. But no matter how cold weather can get, physical activity will trump any cold thrown at it and it sucks balls for your body to "overheat" in a cold weather. I for one feel like I'm going crazy and just want to strip naked in the middle of the street and hug a piece of ice.

#23 Posted by Netret0120 (2871 posts) -

I used to do a Cross-country course of 7.2km 3 days a week until I started hitting the gym, I guess that counts for having done 5k runs and being able to easily finish a 15k run in good time.

#24 Edited by konvikt_17 (22368 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

I like working out and I can discipline myself enough to commit to it. But the one workout I despise is running. That shit feels like its the end of the world.

Good luck anyway, hope you'll make it to the finish line and not embarrass yourself :P

One advice to you though, don't overdress. From the looks of it it seems that its freezing where you live. But no matter how cold weather can get, physical activity will trump any cold thrown at it and it sucks balls for your body to "overheat" in a cold weather. I for one feel like I'm going crazy and just want to strip naked in the middle of the street and hug a piece of ice.

Thanks. and yea i made it over the finish line.:P

i did overdress though, but luckily it wasnt too bad.

i did it in 38min 38secs.

#25 Edited by marcheegsr (2999 posts) -

Long distance runner here. Been running for about 3 years now. My weekly mileage is 50 miles per week Im basically running 6 days a week. Each run is about 8-10 miles.

My longest run ever was 13 miles=20 km

I remember the day I struggled to run a 5k. Running is like everything else. The more you do it, the better and faster you get.

I guess you can say running is a apart of me now. If I miss a day, I feel like shit.

#26 Posted by hoola (6422 posts) -

Did you struggle breathing in the cold? I can't run when its less than 35 or so. Been using a treadmill lately which isn't as fun.

#27 Posted by konvikt_17 (22368 posts) -

nope had no problem breathing at all.

i find it easier to run in colder weather.

but fuck are my legs sore. mainly my upper thighs and in the groin area a bit.

couldnt tell you when the last time i ran was. probly high school. so its been a couple years:P ive also never ran/jogged more than 1 mile before.

was funny, i had my ipod with me so was listening to music and looking at the ground to avoid patches of snow/ice. then next thing i know my dad tells me we have about half a mile to mile marker 2. i didnt even think wed gone one mile yet.

all in all was fun. gonna do it again next year. also gonna be on the lookout for other events.

#28 Posted by xdude85 (4589 posts) -

No, I'm lazy.

#29 Posted by konvikt_17 (22368 posts) -

@marcheegsr said:

Long distance runner here. Been running for about 3 years now. My weekly mileage is 50 miles per week Im basically running 6 days a week. Each run is about 8-10 miles.

My longest run ever was 13 miles=20 km

I remember the day I struggled to run a 5k. Running is like everything else. The more you do it, the better and faster you get.

I guess you can say running is a apart of me now. If I miss a day, I feel like shit.

any tips on starting running? i really did enjoy the 5k, but i noticed how out of shape i am. wanna start up a running routine and such.

#30 Edited by marcheegsr (2999 posts) -

Well take it one run at a time.

Shoot for a week of 3 days of running. Run it at a pace your comfortable with.

I started with 3 times a week running 30 minutes each time which is around a 5 k. Rest is key. Make sure your eating properly too. Bananas are great for before running. After the run. Drink chocolate milk for recovery and have a 4-1 carb protein ratio snack. Sorry if im getting too technical.

Gradually add 5-10 to each run. So on the 3rd week run a 45 minute run and see how you feel. Eventually your body will adapt and will become more efficient at running.

Just keep trying to improve but not too soon or you might injure yourself. Pay attention to your body.

Hydrate well also. Water is fine for anything under an hour. Over an hour than start looking into Gatorade.

#31 Posted by SaintLeonidas (26733 posts) -

@marcheegsr said:

I guess you can say running is a apart of me now. If I miss a day, I feel like shit.

Same here, it is almost like an addiction...but like a good one that doesn't ruin your life.

#32 Posted by konvikt_17 (22368 posts) -

Awesome thanks:D

#33 Edited by kingdre (9456 posts) -

I used to do a lot of running last year. It was fun but I got bored eventually.

#34 Edited by shellcase86 (2077 posts) -

I'd like to do more, but not a fan of the fees.

#35 Edited by Shottayouth13- (6870 posts) -

I can't even run a 400m lap without feeling like I'm going to die.

#36 Edited by Brain_Duster (473 posts) -

I used to do about 10 miles a day.

Running is horrible. Glad I stopped.

#37 Posted by Ackad (3183 posts) -

@Brain_Duster said:

I used to do about 10 miles a day.

Running is horrible. Glad I stopped.

Were you in the military?

#38 Edited by FelipeInside (26339 posts) -

Before I destroyed my knee (surgeon called it that), a 5k run with my football team training (soccer) was just the warm up to get started.

On my own I used to do 20km runs when I was fit in normal season.

I hated running though, I would always prefer having a kickaround with my teammates. Still, running is needed for football fitness.

#39 Posted by Sweetbackhair (1926 posts) -

Years ago was the last time I did a 5k, if I were to again I can do it but not as fast as I did it back then.

#40 Edited by t1striker (1549 posts) -

Reading tc's comments is making me remember an episode from Northern Exposure. The men get naked, and do a run in the freezing cold.

I'm not saying you should get naked, but running does warm you up, and even though 3 miles(5k) isn't really that far, you will be warmed up halfway though it.

#41 Edited by comp_atkins (32029 posts) -

i've done a bunch of 5Ks over the years, never 15K. also have done 2 12+ mile tough mudder runs. they were lots of fun.

#42 Posted by osirisx3 (2029 posts) -

if be lucky to run 1k before my asthma killed me

#43 Posted by lonewolf604 (8546 posts) -

I rarely exceed 5 K. I did 10 K twice: one was for my health class, and the other one was for a 10 K race (Vancouver Sun Run). My usual routine is 4-5k, 3 times a week, plus lifting. If the weather gets cold and rainy, I treadmill twice a week and add a stationary bike day.