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ran/walked 5k, what next?

aly2010-05-01 07:30:18 +0000 #1
Today, I ran/walked my first 5k! I do a 5 min run/1 min walk and am not fast at all. However, I finished with other runners and was happy with that. I've never been a runner, but started a few weeks ago since I'm not able to ride as much as I would like. I'm really enjoying myself and plan to continue. I'm just trying to figure out what my next step should be.

I want to run 10k's and eventually,hopefully, a half. I'm expecting to run/walk any half I do. I'm mixed on the run/walk, but it seems to work for me right now. Do you think I would be best working towards a 10k with the same or a longer run/walk pace, or trying to do a 5k and phase out the walking (then work up from there)? I would love to get faster, but I think that will be something to work on later. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Urlea2010-05-01 07:46:12 +0000 #2
Aly, congrats on the 5k!! That is great.

Several people in my running group do the run/walk method for all of their races and that seems to work well for them and they seem to enjoy running when they do it that way.

As for me, it's easier if I just keep running & don't stop to walk.

Not sure that helps any, but whatever you decide to do make sure you are still able to enjoy it, otherwise it just doesn't matter.
colby2010-05-01 08:02:09 +0000 #3
I agree with Urlea. You can absolutely run/walk a half marathon! It's really up to you what you'd rather do. You might build up to a 10k with your run/walk and then decide if you could do that twice as long - that will tell you if you want to just go for the half marathon (maybe late fall/winter?) or wait until you can run more.
aly2010-05-01 07:54:23 +0000 #4
Thanks! That's probably what I'll do. I'll aim for a 10k and then a half doing the run/walk for this winter. I've read a lot of mixed opinions about the run/walk, but it does make sense that it would help to avoid injuries- and that's kind of key for me. Also, I think if I get to the point where I can run/walk the half at a decent pace, I'll probably be able to actually run a full 5k. I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I like running. I'm not very good at it, but this doesn't bother me the way it does when cycling. And, I'm finding that it does help me out when I actually do get on my bike.

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