I have never been athletic, either. In my 20s, I saw exercise as boring and pointless. But after gaining an extra 15-20lbs that just wouldn't come off from pregnancy and a desk job for several years, I felt I had to get serious about losing it. My 5K experience and goals are similar to what you've described. I did my first 5K in 44minutes (no training at that point, I decided to "Just Do It") and the last one I did in October was 31:34, I think. If I can do the one in April in under 40min, I will be happy. I am only just starting to get back into running 2-3x a week. If I can do under 30min by the end of the season, I will be very pleased with myself. Congratulations on your last 5K! That is a great time!
Pounds lost: 12.6
Fitness Minutes: (440) Posts: 19 3/26/12 7:57 A
I prepared for my first 5K with the Running mate podcast (totally free) Couch to 5K. I'm not sure at what fitness level you are starting at, but in my beginning phase, I wasn't even good enough to be classified as a beginner...lol. I am not a natural born athlete, I have short legs, and a big bosom...so anything close to running is an accomplishment in itself :) I finished my first 5K in 42 minutes. My only goal at that time was to cross the finish line (on my own and not in an ambulance) and walk as little of the course as possible. I didn't focus as much on my time as I did on how much of the race was actual running. Now I have gotten to the point that I know I can run the entire 5K, I just need to get faster. My last 5K was 2 weeks ago. I finished at 32:10. My goal is to get it under 30 minutes by my next race at the end of April.
current weight: 342.0
Fitness Minutes: (10,384) Posts: 329 3/25/12 10:15 P
I have had good luck finding local races at active.com. Maybe you can find something near you. I had found the book, Run Your Butt Off, helpful in training for my first 5K, but I'm sure there are lots of training schedules you can find online. Good luck!
Pounds lost: 12.6
Fitness Minutes: (10,384) Posts: 329 3/25/12 6:05 P
Once you finish your first 5K, they can start to become a little bit addictive. I ran my first one in June of last year, and followed up w/ one in August and then one for Hospice in October. Congrats on jumping into it with both feet!
I completed my first 5K on St. Patrick's Day, it was awesome! I plan to participate in the Dirty Girl on May 5, The Get Your Rear In Gear on June 30, and my town's Riverfest 5K in late August...MAYBE (HUGE) The Run For Your Lives September 1.
Good luck, enjoy!
current weight: 201.2
Fitness Minutes: (2,138) Posts: 15 3/23/12 9:27 A
I fell off the bandwagon, and have had a hard time getting back on. There is a 5K coming up in my area a month from now....I did several last year, and hope that preparing for this will help me regain momentum. My goal is just to be able to run the whole thing without walking. Anyone else attempting something similar?
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