A New Year & a New Challenge – Team Running

Happy New Years guys! I hope everyone had a really awesome night and is just as excited about the New Year as I am!

A couple days before the New Year, a co-worker of mine asked me if I wanted to join a team for a 5k race coming up in March. Before thinking about it, I said yes; mostly because I didn’t have a race lined up for March. After I’ve been thinking more and more about it, I’ve started to become really nervous. At most, I run with one other person so I’m really not used to running in a group. I also feel that I have a slower pace than my teammates, and I really don’t want to slow anyone down.

There’s a total of nine people on the team. I’m currently looking for a sub 30:00 time, which would be a pr for me. I’m hoping that the urge to pr will be sufficient enough to be able to keep up with my peers.

This is more of a vent than anything. Does anyone have any advice for someone who hasn’t ran a team run before and isn’t as fast as her teammates?

 

-Running Fast, Lifting Heavy

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16 thoughts on “A New Year & a New Challenge – Team Running

  1. If someone asked you independently of knowing your time, I don’t think there’s anything to worry about. Chances are, there is someone slower than you on the team and the most important part of being on a team is to be a good member… not just perform well!

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  2. When I’ve been a part of a “team” for a race, none of us actually ran together. Is that what you’re nervous about – trying to run together as a team? I’ve run some races where times for the teams were scored in a competitive nature as part of a team challenge – our company versus others. At other races, times didn’t matter and it was more about the team just having a presence at the race. Even when we have used competitive scoring, there’s always a wide range of paces. I wouldn’t stress about it at all. It’s probably more about being there to support a good cause, and it’s a bonus when you’re there with people you know. 🙂

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    • That’s definitely my primary concern. I’ve never done a race where I registered as a team, so I have no idea what to expect. It is for an amazing cause, so that’s what’s been keeping my excited (that and the possibility of a pr). Thanks for clarifying team runs though! I had no idea!

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  3. You’ve got three months to work on getting faster if that’s a concern for you. But as long as you didn’t tell them that you were faster than you are, I wouldn’t worry about it. If snagging a certain placing was what they wanted, that should have been made clear right off the bat. Just go and have fun. Oh and team shirts are always fun. As long as they’re cool.

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  4. You can definitely knock the hell out of 30 minutes for a 5k. Start thinking 22…. The trick for most slower runners is in the cadence, same as cycling. You want your left foot to strike ground 90 times a minute. The speed will come when you can do that. To speed your legs up comfortably, try riding a bike (that’s what did it for me). I went from a 25 minute 5k to 21 minutes in four weeks once I was given that same tip…. and I was on my way to 20 minutes flat when I decided to just ride. You can do it!

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