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Posted: 9/16/2004 12:44:17 PM EDT
I started running about 7 or 8 months ago to get in shape and lose weight.
Started out just trying to work my way up to a mile, which eventually became 2 miles, which became 3. After a half a year, I now run about 3 1/4 straight every other night, including a half mile walk to and from the course. My best time so far has been around 27 minutes for a measured 3.1 mile run. So, I entered a race for next weekend...a 5K (3.1M)

I know I can finish with no problem, and I know that I wont be competitive (because last years top ten ranged from 13:40 - 15:00)...but still, I want to do my best, and train smart for my last week.

What can the experienced runners here tell me?

My goal is to do this, and work up to a 10K by spring...and then hopefully a half marathon by next fall.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:50:16 PM EDT
get a quality pair of shoes. train on hills. control your breathing, find a rhythm. and remember the story about the tortoise and the hare.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:52:04 PM EDT
Find someone in the race that appears to be in your class, and pace yourself with them. You'll both do better for it.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:54:01 PM EDT
Trust me, just competing against the other runners will shave a couple minutes off your time.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:54:43 PM EDT
Trim your toenails BEFORE the race. Drink a lot for breakfast, no alcohol though. Piss before the race, not during! Wear almost new socks. Finish first!

Good luck.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:08:35 PM EDT
And shave all your body hair to reduce drag. You'll pick up a couple minutes, trust me!
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:17:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 1:18:07 PM EDT by AR15]
If you want to get good at it you have to run long slow distance in practice. I used to run 6-10 miles a day. Sometimes 4 in the morning also. My time cross country (over the hills and through the woods) around 15:30.
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