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Training for Baby: Running, walking, crawling my first 5K

Posted April 26, 2011

I signed up to do my first 5K and I have to say I am a little afraid.

My husband and I are proud members of Team WRAL in this year’s 2011 NC Triangle Race for the Cure. (You can join Team WRAL, too. Just check out the link!).

We will be doing the Fun Run, which can be run or walked or in my case – crawled.

I am not a huge runner. I can walk all day on the treadmill, but when I go for a run around the block I always feel more exhausted!

Have you ever run a 5K or half marathon or entire marathon?

I need all the tips I can get!

Kathy is a web producer, entertainment expert and concert photographer for She has written a manuscript about her life as an entertainment reporter and pop culture. Learn more about Kathy on her website. On Wednesdays here on Go Ask Mom, she's chronicling her efforts to lose weight before she and her husband start a family.


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  • snowl Apr 27, 2011

    Running is not for everyone, including me. Crawling sounds like a good start when you consider that is just how babies train...."crawling, walking, running"...:)

  • Go_APPS Apr 27, 2011

    there is also the couch to 5k program, they are online and also have apps for smart phones.

  • dkjeffers Apr 27, 2011

    I've done a few 5Ks. The main thing is just to pace yourself. Don't start out at a pace you can't maintain. To practice, I start off running a little, then add more distance each time after that.

  • timbo10.0 Apr 27, 2011

    I routinely run 5k (3-5 times a week) and I'm *well* into middle age. When I started, I was 45 pounds overweight and now I'm only 17 over my goal weight.

    I suggest you follow a standard program. I found this one on the net:

    I think it would be perfect for you.

    One thing, however: running on a treadmill is not the same as running outdoors. Not that running on the treadmill is bad, but you need to at least mix some outdoor running with the treadmill. I love the treadmill, but soon found out that I also need to at least alternate indoor and outdoor.

    Oh, one other thing, get good running shoes. After getting sore feet from the outdoors, I went to Fleet Feet Sports in the Ridgewood Shopping center behind Meredith College. They looked at how I ran and checked my feet and wear on my current running shoes and suggested 3 pairs. My feet quit hurting after that.

    (I'm sure any running shoe store can help...)

  • jkca Apr 27, 2011

    Hey! I've been running for many many years and have done 5k's, 10ks, and half marathons. )I have NEVER, EVER had the desire to run a full marathon) Aloflin's method is a sure way to increase your running distance and endurance. That's how I began running. If you don't have a stopwatch, while your are out walking, pick you a spot on the route to run to (mailbox, light pole, etc) and do it. Next time go a little further, and continue.Before you know it, you've ran 2-3 miles! Good luck!!

  • aloflin Apr 27, 2011

    Start using a stopwatch or timer to do intervals of walking and running. Walk for 5 min at a brisk pace then run for a minute, do that until you can build up to longer running times. Good luck!