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FEFIFO
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9/24/13 8:05 A

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I think my daughter and I are going to walk/run our first 5K in October. I can walk a 15 minute mile but won't be able to run as much as I will walk. Just to say I did it will be enough for me. emoticon

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9/23/13 8:36 A

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Keep in mind that if it is crowded, you may not be able to walk as fast as you normally do. This is particularly true when you have a stroller, because you will need big gaps in order to pass people.
Yesterday I walked in the ALS walk4life, and between the crowds, the strollers, the wheelchairs, trying to keep our group together, and working our way around other groups who paused to take photos, it took us almost an hour and a half to walk the route. Of course it wasn't a problem because it wasn't a race and wasn't timed, but I was still surprised at how long it took!



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Keep in mind that if it is crowded, you may not be able to walk as fast as you normally do. This is particularly true when you have a stroller, because you will need big gaps in order to pass people.
Yesterday I walked in the ALS walk4life, and between the crowds, the strollers, the wheelchairs, trying to keep our group together, and working our way around other groups who paused to take photos, it took us almost an hour and a half to walk the route. Of course it wasn't a problem because it wasn't a race and wasn't timed, but I was still surprised at how long it took!



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9/23/13 8:16 A



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If you do *any* running at all, you will not be last. I guarantee it. :) I ran a very slow 5k not long ago; and by slow, I mean the frontrunners finished 30 minutes ahead of me. I still had a ton of people behind me, and was there at the finish line to cheer on an amazing, 70 year old man as he finished dead last, helped by one of the Biggest Loser finalists who happened to be at our race.

It was amazing, and had everyone teared up.

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9/22/13 4:53 P

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I give you two thumbs up by just doing it. My first one i came it at 45 min. and i was super happy just to finish and be out there with all the other people. I love the energy i feel while walking. As for time i would just try and beat your time before even if its just by seconds. Just have fun......they are very addicting...;)



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I just did my first one, and I made 45 min , fast power walking. I was happy with that, especially for this being my first, I did slow down and chatted with new friends, but most of all I had fun! I heard that normal time is 45 to 60 min. I plan on getting better, and my goal is to run my next one. Always keep in mind, there are ones who have been running/walking all of their lives. A 70 year old man made 28 min. running!!! I was so impressed. And this just makes me want to make a record of my own, anything is possible!:] Good Luck.



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9/15/13 7:43 A

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How about your own time? If it's your first race, whatever you get at the finish line will automatically be a PR! I know an hour is a fairly leisurely pace. You can go as fast or as slow as you want. I say enjoy the day.





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NDSTOIC44,

I'm an avid walker and occasional runner. I can leisurely walk a 20 minute mile. I can brisk walk a 15 minute mile. If you've been very sedentary and now slowly easing back into a regular routine, any time around an hour would be very respectable.

Something you could do is google search the results from last year's 5k. That will give you an idea of the various times people ran or walked the distance.

Enjoy your 5K ! They are for fun !


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Go to onlineraceresults.com, it has lists of finishing times for a lot of races around the USA. If you can't find the race you want to sign up for it will still give you a good idea of what pace people tend to finish at.

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Anytime is better than No Time, but I agree around a hour is good for a walker...just have fun :)



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9/13/13 10:32 P

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Just by finishing, you win and you certainly beat everyone sitting home on the couch. Have fun!

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If this is your first.....just enjoy it..there will be plenty of other people with strollers as well, follow their cue. You will be more able to work on your time for your next 5 K and improve it from the first.



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an hour or so is good for walking.

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9/13/13 9:22 P

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I'm looking to sign up for a 5K. I'm walking daily for fitness currently. I plan to walk the 5K with my daughter in the jogging stroller. I'm not fast by any means and I'm not looking to run or win, but I want to finish in a reasonable period of time where I'm not finishing last and I don't look silly. For those of you who have walked 5Ks in the past, what is a good completion time to aim for completion prior to race day?



 
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