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Signed up for 5k...

Monday, May 06, 2013

I signed up to run a 5k on June 29th. Of course that means I now need to get serious about training for that distance. I managed 2 miles in 22 minutes today. But that was on the treadmill at the gym. I did set the incline up at 1%, so it was better than running at 0%. I think I need to increase the incline if I want to use the treadmill to train. I can walk a marathon in 6 hours, so I should be able to run a 5k, right? Maybe. Maybe not.

It was another day of not feeling hungry, even though I went to the gym and worked out. When I do get hungry I crave fruit. So, I bought fruit today. I now have strawberries, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwis and a mango sitting in my kitchen. I was also craving brussel sprouts again. As long as it is mostly healthy stuff I am craving I will indulge myself. That seems to be key for me. It is easier to practice moderation when I am eating foods that appeal to me. That and eating a variety of foods.
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DOGLADY13 5/19/2013 11:45AM

    You can run a 5k. For heaven's sakes, last year you walked it faster than many people run a 5K.

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KALEWINE 5/15/2013 12:32PM

    I've found that walking and running are two totally different things. But if you're 2 miles in 22 minutes, even on the treadmill, you should be fine for the 5K, as long as you continue to train.

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KRAZYKIKI 5/8/2013 8:06PM

    Man I wish I craved all the healthy stuff! Best of luck with your 5K! :)

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GRANNYSUE9 5/8/2013 2:28PM

    Best of luck with your 5K! You can do this!

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LINDAKAY228 5/7/2013 6:32PM

    Good luck with your training. You can do it! If you can walk a marathon, you can definitely do this!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/7/2013 10:01AM

    You are going to do GREAT at your 5K. Have fun with it.

And enjoy your "cravings", that is awesome food.

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STEVIEBEE569 5/7/2013 9:23AM

    Way to go with signing up for a 5K. You can do it! I'm in training for one myself. So, I want to wish you much success!

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ONMYMEDS 5/7/2013 6:27AM

    If you can do 2 miles in 22 minutes on the treadmill, you will have no problem running a 5K, and in a very respectable time.

As far as setting an incline on the treadmill, unless you are actually trying to mimic running on hills, there is no reason to do so. This seems to be one of those "facts" that, although it may sound logical, are not actually supported by any valid research. It certainly can't HURT to set the treadmill on an incline. If nothing else, it will make running outside feel that much easier.

Good luck on your 5K. You will do just fine.

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SARASMILING 5/7/2013 6:12AM

    emoticon emoticon LOVE some fruit AND brussel sprouts! Especially roasted in the oven. YUM! :)

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KALISWALKER 5/7/2013 1:27AM

    That will give you a new goal. Way to go!

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VIXSTERLU 5/7/2013 12:57AM

    Okay, I am sparked by you. I am going to start researching local 5k's...it's time I get back in the game :) Good luck!

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DESERTJULZ 5/7/2013 12:41AM

    SP's 5k training program has helped me! I don't run the full 3.1 miles yet, though I do run & walk about equally. :D

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FARRAH511 5/6/2013 11:54PM

    Are u serious?


Of course u are more than ready... You will do AWESOME!!!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 5/6/2013 11:40PM

    HI hon !! Yes y ALL MEANS, you ! BY ALL MEANS go OUTSIDE and do some walking,, its an uneven pavement ,,,and HARd !! Whereas the treadmill has a tiny bit of give. I find it totally diff.
IEOn the fruits,,, AWESOME And you can't HAVE ENOUGH as long as the cals aren't high,, and as for Veg's,, well those are almost always Cal Free or so LOW you CAN HAVE ALL YOU WANT !! SO ENJOYERS !!! (I WISH I LIKED THEm as YOU DO !) I DO NOT !A

Soon the 5% begins,,,, WOOHOOOOO !!! Sounds like YOU ARE READY !! GOOOOOOOOOOOO emoticon IEs GOOOOOO !!!

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COCK-ROBIN 5/6/2013 10:35PM

    Go for it!

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BRAVELUTE 5/6/2013 10:19PM

    So Chandra, this seems like a silly question, since you are already putting in so many miles walking and running, but have you checked out the resources here for becoming a runner?

If not, I think this is the one to start with if not, because it has lots of links to running training programs etc.
http://www.sparkpeople.com/
resource/fitness_articles.asp?i
d=1381

I also don't think you need help knowing what to eat while you're in training. I'm proud of you for listening to your body and what it needs!!

Keep up the good work!

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MIRMIUM 5/6/2013 10:01PM

    Craving fruit and veggies is great! Whole foods are so much better for you than processed stuff! I'd say you definitely need to train for the 5K if you've never run one before but hey that just gives you a fantastic goal to work towards!




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_LINDA 5/6/2013 9:58PM

    Wow!! That is fantastic!!! You are awesome and rocking your program!!!
You can really do whatever you set your mind to!
But running on the treadmill is a lot different then going out doors on the hard unforgiving ground. Make sure some of your training occurs outside and if you can, on the route of the race would be even better!
Keep up the great work!!

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ARW715 5/6/2013 9:57PM

    Yay! Love formulating the training plan!

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PURESTILLWATER 5/6/2013 9:49PM

    Do what works

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