In 2019 I completely walked the two half marathons that I finished and I did not register for any races after June last year. I had gotten so slow due to weight gain and I wasn't motivated to train for a race of any distance. But something this spring re-energized me. I was getting motivated by all the miles I was walking and I kept wanting to walk longer every day or even multiple times a day. With most races being converted to a virtual format I started looking at virtual 5k's, but I knew that I needed to take the time to properly train this time. I ended up downloading a Couch to 5k training app and LOVED it, but it stopped working about four weeks in. I Googled similar plans and just chose one that I liked and would end the week of Independence Day. My goal was was the virtual America's Birthday 5k, which is normally held in downtown St. Louis on Independence Day before the parade.
For my outdoor 5k, I alternated between jogging and walking with my co-worker. The park had rolling hills and it was HOT and humid that morning. Our finish time was 44:40 for an overall pace of 14:25. I was surprised that there was not more of a difference since we walked quite a bit, but we must have been running at a faster pace than I usually run on the treadmill to make up for that time.