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What's On My Mind

Monday, March 11, 2013

For my BLC Weekend Challenge, I need to blog about what's on my from a health perspective, here goes:

emoticon I'm on the last day of the last week of the 5 Week 5K Your Way Spark Challenge. This means I am supposed to run a 5K (3.1 miles) tomorrow. While I have seen a great improvement in my ability to run for several minutes at a time, balanced with gradually less time walking, I'm pretty sure that it will take me an hour to run 3 miles!

For example, the previous day's task was to walk 2 minutes/run 3 minutes for a total of six sets. Thirty minutes, right? But in that 30 minutes I only went 1.8 miles. Is it really an achievement to run a 5K in an hour? emoticon In fact, my guess is it might take me longer because I'll wear out and end up doing more walking than running.

Sigh. I think perhaps I will start this Challenge over again once I've done my virtual 5K. My daughter ran cross country and I know she was young and trained all time, but she did 5Ks in 18 minutes. I obviously need LOTS more training! emoticon

On the brighter side, I have enjoyed testing myself and starting jogging again. I used to run years ago but ended up with knee surgery and a long recovery. The ortho finally told me I should stick to walking to be safe. Blah! I'm taking it really easy this time and not pushing myself if I feel any pain at all in the knees and I do love the great rush I get when I've finished my workout.


I'll add an update after I've crept through my 5K, just to share the end of the story.

Wish me luck!

UPDATE: emoticon I ran my virtual 5k in 49:52, which is slightly better than an hour. emoticon I'm thinking of either starting this 5k challenge over at this same level or maybe trying the next level up. For now, I am going to take a few days off from heavy running and do some tai chi and weight training.
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    2963 days ago
    You bet it's an achievement to run a 5K--in any time. Don't worry about the time on the clock-think about how you feel. You should enjoy the experience. I promise you that you will be a lifetime runner if you are patient with yourself and allow yourself to go slow. Don't rush it, enjoy every moment!

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    2964 days ago
  • BREN1963
    Hey your doing great. we are older now and things take us longer to build up to those 5ks.... you will get there. Try more endurance trainning take it easy on those knees. fast walking with weights will help then when you run later it will be eaiser on you. I used to run cross country in high school and that was one of our tricks we used. Hang in there!!!!!
    2964 days ago
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