Walk-Run a 5k?

  • Walk-Run a 5k?

    Posted by Stéphanie Noël on October 28, 2022 at 5:06 am

    Hi everyone! I’ve been trying to become a runner for years. I always get really into it then something happens and I stop for a while, and it seems to be a repetitive cycle where I feel like I’m constantly starting over. I have never run a live 5k because I’m still not at a point where I can comfortably run the full distance without walking a bit of it- some days I can do it some days I can’t. I know it’s ok to walk a little if I need to but I feel like that’s holding me back from signing up for a live race, I keep saying I’ll sign up when I’m ready but I’m never quite ready. I feel silly that I might have to walk part of it after trying for such a long time. I think I need to hear from other runners with experience that it’s ok to sign up for a 5k even if you’re not quite ready. I’m my heart I know that will give me the drive to get better, once I see the goal and make it real. Think I might be scared to run it for the first time too sometimes trying new things is hard and a live 5k in front of other people who can hear me heavy breathing is intimidating. I just don’t have any runner friends in my life outside of online running groups I’ve been in to get motivation from.

    Stéphanie Noël replied 2 months, 1 week ago 6 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Ryan Jenkins

    Member
    October 28, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    I, for one, have walk/run several 5ks and would describe myself similarly. Here’s what I’ve observed having worked in this industry for several years.

    A few people walk the whole thing. A few people run the whole thing. But the vast majority of people are walking part and running part. On top of that, everyone is so focused on their own race, that they’re not paying attention to what other people are doing. You’re the only one who will know whether you walked 30% or 80%.

    People who can run the whole thing without walking are often more interested in half marathons and longer than 5ks anyway. In other words, you’ll be in good company with people of similar ability.

    So try not to overthink it too much. Just sign up and join the fun.😃

    • Stéphanie Noël

      Member
      October 30, 2022 at 10:21 am

      This is such a good answer thank you so much for the insight!!

    • Molly Bowen

      Member
      October 31, 2022 at 12:43 pm

      Yes! Just sign up and have fun!

  • Ruth Gursky

    Member
    October 29, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    Ditto what Ryan wrote: during races, everyone does their own “thing”—some run the distance, some walk the course & more & more, I’m seeing many run-walk-running (using an unlimited variety of ratios).

    Personally, I’m a proud run-walk-run gal & a certified running coach—lemme know how I can help you get on-board with this rational training and racing system🏃‍♀️❤️🏃‍♀️

  • Susan

    Member
    October 30, 2022 at 6:37 am

    I’ve been running (super slow) for a little over a year. I’ve done several 5k’s, a 10k and a half marathon. I am always at the bottom of the pack but have had a great time. People are very nice and encouraging. I am never the only slow runner/walker and we have a great time at the back! I’d encourage you to give it a try. In our area there are many 5K walk/run events but even if it doesn’t say for walkers you can walk the whole race.

  • Stéphanie Noël

    Member
    October 30, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Thank you for the encouragement!

  • Stéphanie Noël

    Member
    November 10, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    Just wanted to update that I just signed up for my first live 5K in December, then signed up for a second one in May! So excited, and the encouragement from you all really helped me to just do it already! Thank you!! 🥰

    • Ryan Jenkins

      Member
      November 18, 2022 at 12:48 pm

      I’m loving watching your journey unfold. I’m so excited for you to do your first race!

  • K Shaughnarioux

    Member
    November 16, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for asking this question, and for the replies on this great thread…it’s part of why I like the VRC group. Encouragement to do what gets me up, moving, growing and having fun. I overthink too, so this is great advice for me to take as well. Good luck on the 5K!