(Closed) is 10k possible for a non runner??

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You could always walk instead of run.

Post # 5
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

You can def do it.  You should really start training though if you want to be able to run it.  I am a teacher and coach and my students did a 10k race with only 4 weeks of training.  Walking is also always an option and I am positive you wont be the only one taking this route. 

Post # 6
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@misspandy: You defintely have enough time to train. I posted this on another thread but liquid glucosimine (sp?) helped with my knee pain. After I run I used to not be able too walk down stairs it was so painful but now it is much better. You may want to give it a try! A lot o frunners take it to prevent joint problems as well. A better pair of running shoes may help too.

Post # 7
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

That’s a little over 6 miles.  You won’t likely be able to run the entire thing by April, but if you start training now I believe you will be able to finish it. 

Post # 8
30 posts

I would say yes you can finish it (possibly walking in some parts which is not a big deal), however since you have knee problems I would seriously consider walking it out instead. One of my colleagues have very sensitive / weak knees, ran half of a 14km run and ended up seriously injuring her knee and getting knee reconstructive surgery 2 weeks after the race! 

It’ll be tempting to run like everyone else on the day but there is absolutely no shame to walking it! It is a HUGE accomplishment to finish – whether you run or walk it.

Post # 9
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Start running every morning/evening. If you need to take break and walk, do it. If you can start running again, start. Stay out for an hour if you can. You may not be able to do 10k but you can do the best you can!


ETA: Sorry, I didn’t see you had bad knees. Maybe you could stop by your doctor and ask about some knee supports!

Post # 11
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

With bad knees, I say not by April…esp if you are not a runner at all. I have a bad knee myself and my knee pain was AWFUL when I started upping my mileage to 7-9 miles at a time. I would take it slow and only progress as fast as your knee lets you 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 12
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Regardless of the distance, with knee problems, I would highly suggest a run-walk program.  It should help prevent injuries and over-exhaustion too.  Jeff Galloway programs are a good resource for run-walk technique, but really you can just set certain times you want to do each, and set a timer on your watch.  Start out 1:1 or 2:1 or wherever you’re comfortable, and work up from there to 5:1 or 5:2, etc.  I know multiple people who are capable of running long distances, but run-walk in order to get to marathon or half marathon distances.

My first race was a 10k, I was slow, but I did it 🙂 However, I started running consistently in the fall, and the race was in March, and I did a half marathon in May.  I think 5k might be a good first goal if you’re newer to running.  What distance is a mini marathon?

Good luck!  It’s addicting!

Post # 13
1756 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I also have bad knees, but I ran a 10k last year, a week after we got back from our honeymoon. It’s doable, but you need to start out really slow. I’m not kidding – do NOT push yourself too hard. I started out “running” (read: just barely not walking) for 30 seconds, walking for 2 minutes. Over about a month, I very gradually built up to running a 5k, and then started focusing more determinedly at running further and faster. If you push yourself too far too fast, you will end up injuring yourself.

Post # 14
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

TOTALLY!!! I am a “runner” – meaning I’m generally pretty athletic, used to run in high school and it’s usually my exercise of choice when I exercise.  However, I really haven’t done much exercise in the past couple of years (except for the past couple of months).

Last year, I ran a 10K after being pretty sedentary that year and ended up placing 2nd in my age group (note: there weren’t too many runners for the competition – maybe 100). 

This year, I ran/walked a 10 mile run after not working out AT ALL and I was able to jog for 6 miles before my knee completely failed and I had to walk the rest.

I’ve also run 8 mile “fun” runs without training beforehand.

I love “fun” runs because they are often for a good cause, and there are so many people doing it of all ages – it’s so inspiring.  When I see little 8 year old kids, middle aged women and 70 year old grandpas running (and trust me, I see them ALL the time) it’s a lot easier to keep on going.  It’s not a big deal that you haven’t actually practiced running a 10K because your body will somehow do it.  Trust me, you’ll impress yourself.

My suggestion would be to run as long as you can, but know your limits.  Bring an ipod with “workout” tunes that will keep you going and BE SURE to stretch well, before AND after.  And drink a lot of water.  Good luck!

Post # 15
19 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with the Couch 2 10k program…except you should do the Couch to 5K program first and then if you want to run further, get the Bridge to 10k program.  If you have an iphone, you can download the app and it has a workout program to build you up to be able to run.  It is really amazing!!  It took a friend and me from barely being able too run for 1 minute to being able to run for over 30!  It is awesome the progress we made!

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