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Can you run/walk/stroll 5k?

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Question of the weekFor those that don’t know, 5k is just over 3 miles. It’s sounds so far doesn’t it?

3 miles.

Let’s see… that’s….

  • 12 laps around a standard track
  • 5,280 yards
  • 15,840 feet
  • 190,080 inches
  • less then 1/8th of a marathon (which means I ran 8 – 5ks in a row when I ran the marathon? Yikes!)
  • Visiting NY anytime soon? It’s about the distance from Penn Station to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (MAN I would like to walk that this summer :)

If you would have asked me if I could run 3 miles a few years ago I would have said you were crazy. But I tried it on the treadmil. Then I ran my first 5K event. Then 6 miles. Then 10. My first half. And finally a whole freakin’ full marathon!

I hit a few walls on the way…

It’s amazing what you can accomplish just by taking the first step and that’s what this question of the week is all about. Are you willing to take that step. Do you believe you can really do it?

I think you can and Tony the Anti Jared has come up with a great idea to get you started!

The RoniTony 5K for Kids Event!

It’s a informal commitment to run/walk/crawl/whatever a 5k on Sunday May 23. We will be putting up a Paypal account to accept donations for Action For Healthy Kids and hope you would consider not only participating but helping a worthy cause as well.

So what do you think? Can you run/walk/stroll 5k? Are you willing to take that first step with Tony and I on May 23rd?

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There are 27 comments so far.


    April 27, 2010

    Count me in :)


    April 28, 2010

    Thanks for this post…I needed it tonight. I’m 2 weeks into 1/2 marathon training, and I’m kinda feeling like, “I’m not a runner at all, why did I sign up?” I’m worried that I won’t be able to make the 3-hour time limit that my course has…but I think I need to just push that thought away and go for it!

    Lara (Thinspired)

    April 28, 2010

    I really appreciate this post, Roni. I need inspiration to get BACK into running. I ran a 10k last year and pretty much stopped running after that. Nowadays I try to run and can’t help but compare myself to my former running self. It’s hard to keep going with those mind games. Do you have any advice to beat it and just focus on doing the best I can NOW? It’s so tough!


    April 28, 2010

    Yes!! I soooo needed this post! I ran my first (and only) 5K back in September. I really want to get back in to it! No time like the present.

    I’m in! :)


    April 28, 2010

    Sounds like a great challenge!


    April 28, 2010

    A great idea!

    Last night on Biggest Loser, the contestants sponsored a 5k in Texas (home to 5 of the 10 fattest cities) to inspire people to get out and exercise. Seems like your post is quite timely!

    Good luck.


    April 28, 2010

    Recently ran my first 5K. Placed 4th in my age bracket. (I’m 43)
    Signed up for my first Half, Labor Day weekend in VA Beach, the Rock ‘n Roll Series Half…and then took the plunge to run for charity in the Marine Corps Marathon in D.C. in October.

    I’m excited and sick at the same time! Lol!


    April 28, 2010

    I LOVE how you laid out all those walls you hit! Cause I totally remember hitting every single one of those too…except the outside one. I love being outside. Instead of that one I hit the “I can’t run on a treadmill or track” wall. That was a tough one!

    I will totally be running 3.1 miles that morning for sure!!


    April 28, 2010

    I am not a runner. But I could walk it happily:)


    April 28, 2010

    I just recently started running – I used the Couch to 5K program for the first three weeks to get me started, but now I”m learning to push myself and do what feels right for me rather than follow a strict program. I’m really starting to understand what you mean when you say you feel GREAT after a run – it really can be a high when you see how much your capable of. In little less than a month I’ve gone from not running at all to doing 2 miles in 23 minutes! The progress is addictive – count me in!

    Trish @IamSucceeding

    April 28, 2010

    I am actually walking a 5K June 2nd with my weight watchers class…sorta getting nervous about it now. *sigh*

    Jessica Scruggs

    April 28, 2010

    I’ve been looking at running a 5k in october. I’m excited and nervous all at once. I’m planning on starting the couch to 5k program next month. Thank you for your post.

    Danielle S

    April 28, 2010

    Roni –

    What a PERFECT post – I started running about a year ago and last year I did four 5ks I am totoally hooked like u to the organized races and I have hit manyof the walls you have including the running outdoors one and today I overcame the running in the cold – I decided to just DO IT as it was 41 but felt like 32 I got dressed and said 5k here I come and I finished in my fastest time yet 29min 42 secs!

    I am singing up for the Disney half in March 2011 and am excited and scared at the same time!

    Count me in for May 23rd I will take my 15month old and my 5 year old and we will WALK that day! or maybe a light jog as long as the 5 yr old can keep up LOL

    What a cool event!! I’ve broken through some of the walls you listed, not all of them but some…


    April 28, 2010

    I completed my first 5k two years ago. My time…almost 49minutes. Eeek. I just ran my 6th 5k this past weekend in 36:35. Almost a 13 minute difference in 2 years! My goal is a half marathon by my 32nd birthday in 2011.

    I think I definitely have broken through some walls. But I have many more walls to break!


    April 28, 2010

    I never thought I was a runner…and even after I started running, I never said “I’m a runner.” After my first 5K I kind of felt like a runner, but still didn’t “own it.” It wasn’t until I went to the doctor and they took my blood pressure and heart rate and asked if I was a runner. I said, “Yep, I’m a runner!” :)

    Nikki Moon

    April 29, 2010

    Sure sounds like fun and I trust you will be reminding us about this as it gets closer. Count me in , and I will be running it and very possible be close to or have already lost 100 pounds by then.


    April 29, 2010

    I am currently on week 6 of the Couch to 5k program and am signed up for a 5k in September. I don’t think I’m a runner yet, but I’m working on it.

    I would like to say you can count on me for May23, but I will be on my way home from a vacation, maybe if the plane is delayed I can get 3.1 miles of airport pacing in :) I’ll let you know if it happens.


    April 29, 2010

    Count me in! Walking, that is… I’ll actually be walking 9 miles that day. It’s two weeks before the San Juan Half Marathon and I’m signed up for it.


    April 30, 2010

    I’ll do it, Roni! No doubt! On May 23rd I will do 5k, running and walking.

    I am so excited that you wrote this blog entry, because I am going to take a good long time to sit down and read all of the posts you linked to that I have not yet read. I’ve read the beginning ones, but not those in the middle.

    I can use all the inspiration I can get, because I do plan to run (totally run, hopefully no walking) my first 5k on June 12th, and have been doing Couch to 5k training since this winter. It’s taking me a long time, but I can now run for 20 minutes straight outside (at a dastardly slow pace, but whatever).

    Can’t wait to read all those thoughts of yours… your blog entries always inspire me, and I have so completely latched on to your whole philosophy of eating healthy, running, and everything; it has changed my life! I’ve lost 48 pounds since I started listening to your podcast back in August. Thanks!

    Siobhan Sullivan

    April 30, 2010

    Oh my gosh! Just what I needed to hear. I’m still behind the “can’t get off the couch” wall. I’ve walked both 5K’s and 10K’s before and have really enjoyed it. Suddenly I’m 43 and tired and achy!

    I leave for the Biggest Loser Resort on June 20th for 2 weeks. (Yay!!! and Yikes!!! all at the same time.) After reading the comments, I’m thinking I should start the C25K regimen to get ready for that! I’ve already decided I am going to sign up for a duathlon in September; the suggested training starts the day after I get back. I’m actually pretty excited about it all!

    Thanks Roni and everyone else :)


    May 23, 2010

    I’m at the “I can’t run outside wall!” Over the past few weeks I’ve re-hit the “I can’t run 3 miles” wall–but I’m working to get over it. I just completed your and Tony’s challenge. Thanks for the motivation and helping me break down my walls!


    May 23, 2010

    Georgia – You will break through that wall. I KNOW it! :)


    May 25, 2010

    Well, I had an issue with running the 5k on Sunday (because my awesome husband surprised me on Mother’s Day with tickets to see Wicked), but I did it yesterday instead. It was my first time ever running more than 1.5 miles, and I wasn’t sure if I could do it. But–I did, and I did it in 40 minutes! So awesome. I’m very excited for my 5k on June 12th now. I’m going to kick that race’s butt!

    But, I couldn’t find any links to the said Paypal account to donate to the charity. I think I could donate straight on their website, but it wouldn’t be affiliated with you guys… any advice would be appreciated.


    May 27, 2010

    Laura, AWESOME on the 5K! What a great time!!

    As for the donation, Tony is asking for those that participated to make a private donation at this point. I’m not sure we realized the logistics behind accepting them.

    Sorry about that but happy you did it! Good luck on your first 5k event!!


    October 7, 2010

    Hey Roni. I am going through the same stages! Yesterday, I ran a 5k on the treadmill and I’m planning on trying a 5k in a couple of weeks.