I just ran my first 5K yesterday. Truth be known, I jogged the whole way. I must admit that the main reason I joined Richmond Runners was to get proof of the results. (Most people who know me would only believe I had done such a thing if they could see it printed in black and white.) Although I'm just starting out and did not do the best, I really think that this is something that I'd like to pursue in terms of setting goals, training for them, etc. And maybe one day, I could run in a marathon. In any event, I'm looking for the answers to two questions: (1) Do any beginners just "participate" by treadmill/email, or only every other weekend? I like the group support system built into a running club, but my ability to set off on a run is somewhat limited. (2) Is my next step to sign up for another 5K and improve my time while training for that, or do I sign up and train for an 8K? Thanks!