In conversations about doing 5k’s, the most common concern I hear from people is some form of “I can’t run/I’m not fast enough, etc.” If there was one message I could relay to anyone wanting to try a 5k, it would be this: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A FAST RUNNER. Heck, you don’t even have to run at all. At any given 5k race, you will see fast runners, medium runners, slow runners, run/walkers and walkers.
I am a member of the Five Star Race Team and the Atlanta Track Club and I am a run/walker. Actually, I walk more than I run and when I do run it’s very slow. My power walking is almost faster than my running. I’m okay with all of that. I’m just glad I’m still out there. I had knee surgery several years ago, and when I healed I was so happy to be able to do 5k’s again that I told myself I’m ok just walking. And I am!
Don’t be discouraged if you’re slow. Be proud that you are there. You are showing up and doing the work, at whatever your pace is. Sometimes, if the field is low, us slow folks even get a bone thrown our way in the form of a Age Group placement medal. You never know.
Enjoy yourself and take pride in your abilities, whatever the level!