WENWIN, I am 52 and have found that the easier I take things the better I feel with my running. Up until June 2009 I had not run a lick in my life but with patience and consistency I am now running half marathons on a regular basis. As an older runner, we need more revocery time meaning that we run perhaps just 3 days a week. If you run more than that, you are just setting yourself up for injuries and overtraining. Its ot worth it and just sucks the fun out of running.
You are doing great and remember to KEEP RUNNING FUN!!
I was just starting to repeat week 4 as I was just not happy with my overall results and how I felt when I overdid it on the treadmill and hurt my back. Ahhh...this older body....not using that excuse too much, married to a runner:) So I have cut back but am determined to continue this journey. Thanks to so many for their support.
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You are doing great! Don't worry so much about your time and listen to your body. You can continue on with this training schedule and run your 5k as scheduled. When you have finished that, you may want to go back through the program and go through it until you are comfortable. This may mean repeating a week and that is very okay. If you have the desire to contunue with running, it is very important to allow your body to adapt along the way. Most importantly, keep it FUN!!
Just finished my last workout for week 3. I am pushing myself hard to do the 90 seconds, and I cannot sustain more than 4 intervals of that. I know that I am not exactly completely the "letter of the law" on this challenge, but I am doing my best. It's solely for the purpose of challenging myself, because I burn a heckuva lot more calories when I walk slowly for 90 minutes than when I do intervals for 30!
On a positive note, my 5k time is down to about 69 1/2 minutes now. My treadmill doesn't show the seconds after an hour, so I have to guess-timate it. When I started this challenge, I was at 75 minutes.
I will be very curious to see where my time is at the race on April 9th! In the meantime, I will keep doing the jogging intervals for as long and as often as I can tolerate.
"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky. "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." - from "The Alchemist" by Paolo Coelho
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