#RunWrite5K Challenge,  Community,  Discipline,  Motivation

Top 10 Reasons To Run Walk Write 5K

It was there, on my calendar, a Saturday in October, I would be running my first 5K. I had written in big red letters


But in writing circles a 5K is not a road race. 5K means 5000 words. That’s a lot in one day for anyone to write. I average 1000 fresh words a day and sometimes it’s a challenge to get it in. And because I’m a writer and not a math major, I’m guessing that 5000 words is a whole lot more.

What if these two great tastes tasted great together?

Could I run a 5K and write 5K in the same day?

What a challenge that would be! So I picked a day,  one week before my official road race, and I made it this:

#RunWrite5K Challenge

On October 11-12, 2014 I’m inviting anyone who wants to, to join me in the goal of running (or walking) the equivalent of a 5K and writing at least 5000 words in the same 24 hour period.

This is how you join. Go to this Facebook event and sign up. Then, post your photos, your updates and your progress. We’ll all cheer you on!

How Can I join the #RunWrite5K Challenge

The Rules Are Simple!

We’re all on the honor system here. No one is going to check your work. All you need to do, sometime on the weekend of October 11-12,  is run (or walk) the equivalent of 5 kilometers (or 3 miles). You don’t even have to do this consecutively. Then, within 24 hours of completing that run, you need to put down 5000 new words in whatever work in progress you have going. This could be fiction, non-fiction, blog posts, masters’ thesis, whatever. The point is that we’re doing two hard things in one small time frame. And we’re doing it as a group, which is always more fun!

And Keep Us Posted! 

Up until the time of the actual race, you can blog about this, tweet about it (#RunWrite5K), Instagram it, do whatever you want to do. Post on the wall of the event. Ask questions. Write a cheer. List your favorite running music. We want to know about it!

Let’s Go! 

Katharine Grubb is an author, poet, homeschooling mother, camping enthusiast, bread-baker, and believer in working in small increments of time. She leads 10 Minute Novelists, an international Facebook group of time-crunched writers. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.


  • Marcella Rochon

    Hi Katharine,
    I just learned about the 10 Minute Novelists’ 5K Weekend and am intrigued. But I am even more interested in the description you have in your profile as ‘a former running coward.’ Can you please elaborate on that? I’d like to know what you feared and how you overcame it and what obstacles you faced in the process.

    God bless you,

    • Katharine Grubb

      Hi Marcella! So glad you stopped by. I am about as non-athletic as you can possibly get. Yet, I was prompted a few years ago to run. This definition of run, does not mean fast or graceful, it just meant for me to go faster than fast walking. I honestly believed that it was physically impossible for me to do this. It wasn’t. What I discovered that this limitation on me physically was only one of many many lies I had believed about myself. With each step I ran, I figuratively ran from those lies. Running became for me a physical response to me growing freer. For about a year, I ran regularly and even went so far as to go 3 miles. This was a huge, huge victory for me. Today I don’t run as often — I have a few ankle injuries that can get worse. But I plan on running more in the future. Does that answer your question?