Welcome! Congrats on beginning your journey to become a runner! I totally ditto what Nancy and Cassioepia said below. If the shoes are hurting your feet, they should go back; and if you aren't up to comfortably running a full 5k, doing a walk/run program is perfectly fine! No matter what, since it is your first, you'll be earning a Personal Record (PR). :-) It can serve as your baseline for improvement...because I can pretty much guarantee that you'll want to do another one!
Welcome to the team. Running is sooo awesome and I am sooo glad you decided to join the ranks.
As for your questions--as far as how quickly one adapts to running really depends on so many factors that it's hard to say--if you have been quite active prior to this point and you have a strong physical activity history (even when younger) your adaptation will occur at a much faster rate than someone who is just starting out to become active.
As for shoes--you should not have to 'break' in shoes so to speak--in other words if your shoes are not feeling well after a couple of runs you may want to check with your running store to check out their return/exchange policy.
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Hi! I am new to the group but I am excited about joining it! Thanks for the welcoming emails. That is the first time after joining a group that I received emails from the leaders of the group, very nice. I recently decided to start running after not doing it for many years. I have signed up for a 5K on June 22. My thinking was that it would give me a goal to work towards. I started training last week by walking 5 minutes and running 5 minutes. So my first question is, do you think I am being realistic in expecting to be able to run 3.1 miles by June 22? My other questions is about breaking in shoes. I recently purchased some good shoes from a running store but I am not sure they are right for me. The first 5 minutes after running my feet really hurt then they are fine. Is this normal or should I look for other shoes?
Sorry this is a little lengthy but thank you for any and all responses!
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