I'm also terrible at following a plan. I try and then I decide I don't feel like a run one day or I do feel like a run on a non-run day etc. I also hate timing myself, the whole walk for 2 min run for 5 min, etc. I like to just go and run for as long as I feel comfortable and then walk for a little until I feel I can run again. I enjoy my runs a lot more when I do it this way.
So I say do what feels good to you, but be reasonable and listen to your body. I do agree with Coach Nancy, give your body time to rest in between runs, you'll stick to it longer and be less prone to injury. When I first started running I started off hard and didn't give myself recovery times and I ended up hating running. It took me a few years to try again, this time not as hardcore and I love it.
"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new." ~Brian Tracy
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Fitness Minutes: (2,155) Posts: 1,374 3/10/13 9:54 P
WOO HOO for you, RENATARUNS, Sounds like you are well on your way.
Firstly, I applaud your efforts. Running is a great sport, but I want to caution you that if you are just now returning to the sport, you probably want to take it a little slower than you feel you can do. In other words, I would not advise you running daily for now, until you build up a solid running base. Remember your body makes the adaptation to running when you are not running, so if you do not allow yourself enough recovery time between runs, you do increase your odds for developing an injury. Walking is a great cross-training activity, something that my own running coach has me doing on my non-run days.
As for your goal, it is most definitely doable, but once again I caution runners to try to focus too much on a goal time for now, until they have a better insight as to how their training is going. You have plenty of time to train. I do recommend that you find a training program (such as SparkPeople's Spark Your Way to a 5K) and start following that.
HAPPY SPARK RUNNING!
Fitness Minutes: (2,155) Posts: 1,374 3/10/13 8:43 P
I'm not new to running, but I haven't been any good at it or ever kept at it for very long since I was in high school, which was back in the 80s. It feels to me like things are going very well for me right now with returning to running and getting fit, but I need a reality check on my goals.
Here's where I am right now. I've run 25 minutes straight both yesterday and today; yesterday, with my son in tow on his bicycle, at a bit over 11 minutes per mile pace; today without him, at just under 11 min/mile. Today I was right at the edge of what I could handle; I was really working for it those last few minutes. I've been exercising since December, averaging over 60 min per day of mostly walking, generally six days per week. I only started adding in some running about three weeks ago.
I'm finally working up the courage to set some goals with this. I was thinking that next weekend I would see if I could handle 30 minutes at the same pace, and assuming that I can, that I would then start adding in some fast/slow interval type running in order to try to get efficient at going a little bit faster than I have been. Ultimately I'd like to be able to run a 5K under 30 minutes, but I'm almost paranoid of trying it and not being able to do it. The one 5K I've run in the last 20 years, about 10 years ago, I could only manage just under 31 minutes, and I have no doubt the frustration from that contributed to my stopping exercise that time. I'm not in the same frame of mind now as I was then, but it still feels difficult to tempt fate in that way.
Anyway, I was thinking maybe I could hope to get where I want to be by June or July, god willing. Somewhere in there. Can anyone tell me if that's a realistic expectation, or give me advice on what to do in order to make it realistic? I was a pretty good runner back in the day, and even my mother managed to run under 30 minutes when she was my age, with not much training at all (but starting from much more fit than I did), so it should be possible, right?
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