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First Race Jitters

Friday, September 02, 2011

On October 8 I will run my first 5K at the Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston, ME. This is an event that raises money for the Dempsey Center for Hope and Healing and provides services to cancer patients and families at no charge to them.

I've never been a runner, not even back in high school. Here I am in my late 30s starting Couch to 5K. In fact, I'm in the middle of week 6 right now. I'm the slowest runner on the trail and huffing and puffing, and I've never been so happy! Last Friday I ran 20 consecutive minutes!!! I'm so proud and excited of this progress. (Six weeks ago the idea of running 90 seconds was intimidating to me.)

I have to admit that I'm nervous about what to expect at this first 5K. It's considered a run/walk race, which helped me gain the courage to register. (The fact that any money that I raise will go to such a great cause has also been a huge motivator and helped me get beyond my fears. This is nothing compared to what cancer patients and families have to contend with.) I'm not sure what to expect on race day.

I found this article online and will share it with other newbies. It answered a few of my first day questions. www.active.com/running/A

I'd love to hear if anyone else is preparing for their first race and how that's going. Also, any veteran advice would be most welcome!

‎"It's a lifestyle - train like there's no finish line." - Unknown

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