A message to those who think running 5K is impossible.
I’ve seen a lot of people in the community talk about running a 5K like it’s some sort of impossible feat only the fittest of the fit can achieve and I want to talk about that for a moment.
Here’s what I have to say about it: If you can walk. You can do it.
I’m not saying you should, or that you’ll be able to do it right away or that it’s some sort of obligation. No.
All I’m saying is, you can.
There’s a phrase I love that goes “It always seems impossible until it’s done” and it can be applied to running your first 5K.
It might seem like an impossible feat right now. Something you can only dream of because “not everyone is cut out to be a runner” and you’re one of those people who would only run to save their own lives, right?
Well, let me tell you something… you’ve probably already walked 5 kilometers.
Are you a mall rat? You’d be surprised how much you can walk just by going from store to store. Download a step counter if you don’t believe me.
Have you visited and explored a new city? Chances are you walked way more than 5 kilometers.
Do you have a dog that enjoys long walks? Your pooch has probably made you walk 5K already.
Do you play Pokémon GO? Guess what? You’ve definitely walked 5K because that’s what it takes to hatch a yellow egg. And maybe you’ve even walked 10K!
Isn’t that amazing?
“It’s different” You say. “I as walking. I was taking my time”
Fair enough, let me ask you something…
What makes you think you can’t do that when running a 5K?
I promise you this. Unless it’s an obstacle course or one of those zombie runs (which are fun as hell) no one is going to chase you. No one is going to hurry you and make you run faster than you want to run.
In fact, no one’s going to make you run. You can walk if you want.
You can stop, take a break, get up again and keep walking.
The goal for most people isn’t to get there before everyone else. The goal for most people is just to finish the race and, dammit, you can finish it.
I know it because you’ve already done it, and you can do it again.
So what’s so intimidating about running 5K again?
What’s so impossible about it?
Let me tell you about my first 5K.