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KASTRA Posts: 369
8/7/14 2:46 P

@ Archimedes - I've peeked at a few Couch-to-5K programs and have assembled a version of it for myself. I am slowly incorporating running into my walks at increasing distances and frequency. I tend to go for walks with my son - an overactive 11-year-old - so he pushes me to pick up the pace at random intervals, and that's got a lot to do with why I'm trying to get fit enough to run for more distance and duration; I want to be able to keep up with that little guy! We go to a high school track every weekend, and have been for a couple months now. When we started, I couldn't run much at all without joint aches, side stickers, and panting like I was about to fall over and die. I now walk 1 to 2laps to warm up at increasing pace, then run every other lap until I'm exhausted, then walk 1 to 2 more laps to cool down. This past weekend, I ran an extra quarter lap (so 1.25 laps) each time a running lap came up. Improvement is coming, but I'm taking it slow to avoid overdoing it or hurting myself. (It has the extra bonus that my kiddo is good and tired by the time we're done, too!)

@ Jamirblaze - That etiquette makes sense - I know I'm not going to be the fastest, or even in the top quarter (I'd be pleased with middle / mediocre!) so I'll be sure to put myself in the side/back, and once we get some space and I can pick up speed, will take a glance for folks behind when I need to slow down for a bit. There's some good 5Ks I've had my eye on for September, so hopefully I'll be up to running the better portion of it by then!

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,807
8/7/14 2:21 P


All 5Ks and most races that I have been involved with allow walking though there are time limits - a few have separate divisions for walkers. As a runner, I just ask that you place yourself in the appropriate time corral (my last race I had to dodge around pure walkers that placed themselves in the 6 and 7 minute mile corrals, if not faster) and keep to the right. If you are going to walk/run which many do, just be cautious when you slow down to walk that someone isn't behind you.

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8/7/14 1:43 P


If you're interesting in learning to run 5K, I highly recommend that you try a Couch to 5K program. This program assumes no prior running experience and will literally take you from your couch to a 5K road race.

Also, if you are going to run (and you shouldn't be afraid to try), make sure you're fitted for a proper pair of running shoe. Wearing the wrong shoes can cause problems for your feet, ankles, knees and hip joints. So, do make sure you get fitted for decent shoes by a good running store or reputable sports store.

KASTRA Posts: 369
8/7/14 1:19 P


MAGTASTIC103 Posts: 588
8/7/14 1:08 P

Most 5Ks allow walking. You can double check on their website.

Walkers should line up in the back at the start line for everybody's safety and courtesy. Good luck!

KASTRA Posts: 369
8/7/14 1:00 P

If I can piggyback on the question quickly...

I did a 5K when I was about 10 years old (I actually didn't register, I was just out wandering neighborhoods with a friend and stumbled across the start line just as it was starting, so we started running and someone stopped us after a few minutes and gave us t-shirts because they thought we'd set ours down) but have not ever done one officially. It's something I've always wanted to do, though, and I'm feeling like I'm about ready!

There's no way I could run one, though; I'm doing walk/run intervals now and am improving, but can't run one full mile yet without a walk break so definitely couldn't do 5K. Is walking acceptable in all 5Ks or does it vary race to race as to whether they require running only?

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8/7/14 11:54 A

You can also check this website. It has listings for most of the 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon races being held across the USA. Just search on 5k and your state.

PS - The two most popular 5K walks/runs will be in the Fall. Many states have some sort of turkey trot on Thanksgiving as well as a Jingle Bell 5k at Christmas. So, if you don't think you'll be ready for any races in the summer, think about Fall.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 8/7/2014 (11:56)
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8/7/14 9:56 A

google your town + road race + 5K

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8/7/14 9:52 A

I really want to start training to walk my first 5K. How do I find out when and where they have these events?

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