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7/9/13 6:28 A

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it took my husband over a year to get to 5K...but that was because he refused to progress and run longer than 20 minutes.

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7/5/13 12:36 P

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That is definitely a good time for a 1st 5k. I ran my first last year around that time and this year I PR'd the same race. Keep going and everything will come easier. Plus I find there is a big difference in running on a treadmill and running outdoors. If possible, try and run mostly outdoors and save the treadmill for times when it's impossible to get out. I think you'll see a difference there.

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7/4/13 12:19 P

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Good job!



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7/4/13 11:12 A

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I completed the 5K in 32:12. There were over 600 runners for the combined 1K, 5K, and 10K in my small community of 4000! Needless to say it was crowded. It wasn't easy, but I'm glad I did it.

July 4th Fun Run 5K (7/4/13): 32:12
Jaywalking 5K (8/4/13): 30:18
Dirty Girl Mud Run 5K (8/17/13): untimed
Jingle Bell 5K (11/9/13): 28:47

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7/3/13 7:57 P

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Go out there and have a good time! ;)


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7/2/13 9:30 P

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I ran the race course today...without walking. I do suspect that I'm running slower, which is why I have picked up some distance. I would also agree that there is a certain mental component to going the distance. Thanks for your helpful comments.

First 5K count down: Two days....

July 4th Fun Run 5K (7/4/13): 32:12
Jaywalking 5K (8/4/13): 30:18
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6/30/13 11:40 P

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Well done. YOu have to do it at your own pace. And a year is not too bad.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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6/30/13 8:01 A

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Congrats on your progress thus far. IMO a 10 min pace is rather fast and may be the cause of hitting the wall. Possibly back off on the pace and begin adding distance, just a little at a time. There is no time frame on your prep for a 5k or any other distance. This is your journey and everyone starts at a different point and has a different route to follow. Plan your route, the one for you and not anyone else. Stay the course, take a break to refuel along the way and travel safely. You will reach you destination and be in good shape when you arrive.

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6/30/13 6:43 A

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Congrats!
Yes, we are all different, and some adaptations take longer.
My guess is your challenge is more in your brain than your body.
Sounds like you are used to going fast, so slogging through 3 or more 12-13 minute miles doesn't sound good to you. But if you are gasping after 2 miles, you are running too fast. If you can comfortably do the distance with intervals, then yes - slow your pace so you can do the full distance. The speed will come later.
And it seems too that you have convinced yourself that you can't do more than 2 miles - untraining your brain is often more difficult than training your body. Stop focusing on the distance. Just go out for an easy :30-:40 minutes.
I used to get stuck at the same distance all the time. Seems I wired my brain to stop my body at a particular spot on my route. One day I took a different route, and did over 3 miles without caving. So much of this is mental.
Enjoy your journey! ;)


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6/29/13 11:49 P

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Everyone is different. If you don't have a lot of slow-twitch muscle tissue, it can take longer to build endurance, but you can still do it. Joan Benoit Samuelson was a mesomorph (more fast twitch muscle tissue). You can tell if you have a lot of type 2 (fast-twitch) muscle tissue if you tend to build muscle and strength easily as well.

You may be trying to increase distance too much at one time too. Just try adding a block or two on to your current distance each time and you'd be surprised how much the small amounts add up.

Great job on making the distance though.



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6/29/13 10:57 P

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I am not a natural runner. I have been training on my treadmill for over a YEAR to run a 5K. I started running outside a couple of months ago. Finally....today, I ran 3.6 miles. Just five days before my first official 5K.

Is there such a thing as a fitness plateau? I have been using intervals (mostly) to train on my treadmill (for total of 3.8 miles) and then running for distance outside. I have been struggling to get beyond the 2 mile mark on both my treadmill and on the road for months and months. Today, it all came together, and I finally ran the entire distance.

Also, how unusual is it to take so long to be able to run a 5K? I'm athletic and a fast sprinter, but distance has never been my thing. I know that there are two different types of muscle fibers and one is better for speed (fast-twitch) and one for endurance (slow-twitch). If you have more of the fast-twitch muscle fibers, does it really take that long to develop the slow-twitch type of muscle? I've pushed myself to the point of nausea at times, running at a 10-minute mile pace and walking at a 15-minute mile pace on my treadmill. (I don't time myself outside.)

I had my doubts, but I now know that it can be done. Hopefully, it can be replicated on the 4th!



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July 4th Fun Run 5K (7/4/13): 32:12
Jaywalking 5K (8/4/13): 30:18
Dirty Girl Mud Run 5K (8/17/13): untimed
Jingle Bell 5K (11/9/13): 28:47

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