If you find that you enjoy running post-childbirth, and it is difficult to predict how any new mother is going to react, don't worry about the run/walk approach. Line up appropriately for your expected pace or perhaps a bit further back and remember to signal if you're going to slow down so the person behind doesn't run in to you, and you will be fine.
You may see people expressing grief at the walkers in races. If one is planning to move at a 11 or 12 minute pace, you don't need to start at the front. Also, you should not line up with a group of friends four or five abreast. When doing a run/walk approach, stay to the side of the course when walking so the runners overtaking you have no problem passing, and everyone should be happy.
In case you haven't noticed, these days there are lots of runners aiming to complete following the Galloway method. It works wonders for many people and we've seen groups of them running together but being disciplined about not blocking the course (and on that note, you may want to consider the course. What's reasonable on a city street becomes awkward on a narrow trail.)
Have fun and enjoy the next few months.
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