I track and train so that I can consistently beat my previous 5k race times as mini goals for improving my speed and performance so that I can get to my ultimate goals of completing a half marathon and marathon within the next two years.
A goal without a plan is just a wish. Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)
2011 RACES 08/13/2011Ovarian Cancer Run 5K 10/1/2011 JAX USMC Half 11/5/2011 Kings Bay 5K 11/11/2011 Fisher House 5K
At least at this point, time is irrelevant for me. I try to focus just on finishing the race and on making sure that I listen to my body and don't overdo it, while still pushing myself, and that's about it. I do check my time and see if it matches up with what I did at the last race - but that's about as far as I go with it. Rather informal.
I've only done one actual 5K so far and it was a mix of walking and jogging. I finished in 49:55, and my original goal was under an hour, so I was really happy. I generally walk about a 20 minute mile and "run" a 15 minute mile, so I was thrilled to average about a 16 minute mile. I would love to get faster, but at this point I'm just working on being able to run/jog for more than a few minutes at a time. In that sense, I will get faster, but even with all my practice over the last year or so, I still "run" just as fast as when I started, lol, I can just do it for longer. Personally I'm happy just being able to do it. I like to prove to myself that I can do this. :)
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." -M. Gandhi
I just want to know how many of you slow fat runners keep track pod your race times.. And how important that is to you.. For example, my husband is a serious take no Prisoners kind of runner who is glued to his watch/gps the whole way.. He has logs of his best times, weather conditions, what he ate etc.. I really envy him for his dedication.. I just like to run along until get tired or see or hear a band that sounds good. Stop for a moment then move on.I think of it as my own personal parade..I don't keep tracking my time exactly but I average about 45 min for a 5k.. I think 37 min was my fastest and 52 minutes was my slowest..at that point they are just giving out finisher medals. So y rush.. My question is.. Is your time really., really important to you? If you were slower than everyone else would u still sign up for races? ..
Run/walking 16 min/miles is still faster than 0 mph on the couch
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