Walking is ok! After all, the important part of this event is raising awareness, funding and showing support for survivors, patients and those who've lost their battle with breast cancer.
So if you're interested in walking the 5K here's what you need to know.
1. Start training at least two months prior to your race, especially if you are starting as a couch potato. For the first two weeks, commit to walking outdoors or on a treadmill for 15 to 20 minutes at a time three times per week. Don't worry about how fast or far you go, just get moving.
2. Progressing. After your introductory two weeks, add 10 minutes to each of your walks so you are going approximately 30 minutes each bout. Try adding a fourth day of walking -- going at least 20 minutes this day. When you are about a month away from the event, make one of your walking days a long walk of 40 to 50 minutes. While you maintain your two to three 30-minute walks weekly, continue to add five minutes to the long walk every week leading up to the race.
3. Race day. Show up early for the event, especially if you are picking up your bib number. Pin your bib in a visible place on the front of your shirt or shorts. Line up with the wave designated for walkers -- usually at the back of the pack -- to allow runners a chance to speed through. If you are walking the event with friends, do not walk more than two abreast or you will block other participants trying to get through the course. Always move to the side for participants who need to pass or if you need to tie your shoe or rest. When you pass an aid station, move to the right to get your water and continue moving. At the finish line, continue to walk all the way through the finish chute and allow volunteers to remove chip timers or tags and present you with your medal or certificate.
4. Other things to consider. Invest in a pair of walking or running shoes that fit your gait. Most running stores will perform a gait analysis at no charge and recommend the type of shoe that works best for you. On the days you do not walk, feel free to cross train with activities such as light cycling, strength training or swimming. Make sure you take at least one day off weekly to rest your body.