Since this is a charity 5k, my guess is that there will be A LOT of walkers. In less than two weeks, I really don't think there is any time for a non-runner to prepare or even attempt to run. I would just focus on walking. Make sure you can complete the distance by doing a test walk ASAP and then just work on shorter walks at a quicker pace.
It's for a good cause, so I'm sure they will welcome all to raise funds and show support. Just go out there and do your best and you'll be fine.
A Couch to 5K plan is definitely the best way to get into running (links already in the thread above). Rather than running continuously, these plans work through progressively increasing intervals of running and walking.
The impact of running is hard on the legs, and it can take a while for the leg muscles and tendons to adjust, and typically these programs run for 8 weeks or so to give sufficient time for them to get stronger. So it's unlikely (and unwise) to run the full distance if you are not already a runner, but you can certainly run some.
And kudos to you for letting the events of Boston inspire, rather than intimidate, you.
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I have seen an article on here telling you how to train for a 5k, a keyword search should find it.
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I think you've missed the boat for following a specific training plan so my suggestion is gather a group of encouraging friends to do it with you. Run when it feels good. Walk when it feels good. Have an amazing 5k! Great cause!
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For a fundraiser like this, I'm guessing more people will be walking or run/walking than running. Don't worry about running it, and get a buddy or two to go with.
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You may not be able to run the entire 5k the first time (especialyl with the limited amount of time you have to train) but most 5k races don't mind if you do some walking (or even walk the whole thing.)
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Look at it this way, your step/dance classes are about an hour right? Walking a 5k is about an hour at a 20min/mile pace. Most people walk normally at a 15min/mile pace. Bring along a bottle of water, walk with a group of friends, and the hour will fly by. Have fun!
My town just announced a charity 5K for the victims of the Boston bombings. The run will take place on May 1, and I really want to participate. Problem is, I've never done a 5K, and I'm not a runner.
What's the best way to go about training for this? I exercise daily but it's usually aerobics and stuff (dance, step, etc.). I'm not worried about being fast...in fact, I'll probably walk for a good portion of the race...I just want to participate and finish. I'm just not sure how to get ready in such a short amount of time. Help?
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