My Dad Ran His First 5k!

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Happy Memorial Day weekend! I am backtracking a little to last weekend to share about my dad’s first ever 5k! He has been doing the Couch to 5k Program, and I promised him that we would do a 5k together when he finished. For his first race, he did great! He finished in 32:10. I ran with him the whole time, which was a great experience. He came in 4th for his age group! He is already plotting how he is going to get into the top three in his next race. I think he is hooked!

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For his first race, I wanted to pick one that would be really fun, so he would enjoy himself and be motivated to keep racing. I chose a race from the Run the Vineyards series. We ran around a vineyard in Pennsylvania and then enjoyed ourselves at the onsite wine festival.

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The scenery was beautiful, and we got to run right through the vineyards. The only problem was that running on grass is more challenging. I think my dad would have had an easier time running on the road. Part of the race was on a trail, though, which was much better.

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Look at him go! He is in the neon yellow shirt!

After the race, we got a nice wine glass. We needed a glass because each finisher received six tickets for the wine festival. You could use those tickets for small tastings or towards a whole glass. My dad and I did a little of both. (My favorite was the Merlot.)

0518141001The only problem was the lines for the tastings. Many people just got a full glass so they didn’t have to keep getting back in line.

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Overall, it was a great race and a wonderful experience. I am glad that I have converted my dad to running. He is already talking about the Turkey Trot when I come home for Thanksgiving! It was also nice to not think about PR’s or anything like that. I was just there to help support my dad.

Have you helped anyone else pick up running?

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16 thoughts on “My Dad Ran His First 5k!

  1. Congrats to your Dad! I have helped me mom and sister both run each of their first races (My sister did a half and my mom a 5k). I helped make them training plans and they both did great! Unfortunately they didn’t stick with running after their races but I will keep working on getting them back into it:)

  2. So awesome – I remember my first 5K, I was 46 and it was a life-changing experience for me! I am the only runner in my family – wife can’t due to bad joints and arthritis, but I hope to get one of my boys to run a race with me (they are 16 and 17) … someday! 🙂

      • Thanks! My wife’s joint problems go back to her teen years and things that seemed a good idea at the time, so that is nothing new – we still can hike and bike … which is awesome. Running is just one thing we can’t do – so she is always at the finish line of races as my #1 cheerleader. 🙂

  3. Yeyyyy Congratulations to your dad! It always makes me smile to big to myself whenever I hear about someone picking up running! Kudos for spreading the running happy 🙂

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