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I'm training for my first 5k--my goal is reaching that distance every time I'm on the treadmill not completing it within a certain amount of time. I know that as my training progresses the time will start decreasing. BUT hitting that goal of completing a 5k each time I train reassures me that I CAN complete my first 5k in May! So next time focus on hitting your DISTANCE goal and NOT put your focus on the time!

- Submitted by KLBUTLER 3/17/2011 in Exercise | 15 Comments
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BROWNSKIN252 1/17/2013 7:36:00 AM

    I'm not planning on running a 5K any time this year.....but I relate to the feeling on not reaching a certain distance on the treadmill within a certain time. I changed my outlook just the other day.....Do what you can....everything will come together in time. After that I stopped forcing myself to walk a mile in 20 minutes times. I know as I continue to work out everyday and shed pounds things that are more difficult for me will get easier.
MARYHENNIG 1/17/2013 5:24:00 PM

    Last year, I did my first 10k. My goal was to walk the entire event with an average of 4 miles per hour. I usually walk on the treadmill or outside at 3 mph, but figured I'd get tired and would end up slowing down. I ended up running about 1/3 of the event and finished much faster than I had estimated, averaging about 4 mph. I have signed up again this year. My goal will be to finish, and perhaps finish in a few minutes less this year. For 2012, I was happy finishing, and then happier yet not to be in last place!

You can certainly do whatever it is you attempt to do!!! Good Luck!!!
NYCOUNTRYGAL81 3/17/2011 11:08:00 AM

    I am doing the couch to 5k. I do the first part as they state, and then I do the fat burner which I slow down a little because it changes the inclines. I usually do about 4 miles now, but I don't worry so much about time of the 2nd part. It has made me stronger and when I am going on hikes or walking up hills I don't feel like I can't make it as bad.
NWLIFESRC 1/17/2013 12:47:00 PM

    Works for me
MELBBART 1/17/2013 9:24:00 AM

    I've also noticed that no matter how fast you go, if you complete the same distance, you generally burn about the same amount of calories.
ELIZABETH5268 5/2/2013 1:37:00 PM

    I need to do that. Thank you for the idea!!!
HYATTI1 1/28/2013 1:32:00 AM

    Sounds like a plan
LEANMEAN2 1/19/2013 6:44:00 AM

    I wish I could join you. Go for it.
AMANDACOETZER 1/19/2013 5:39:00 AM

SHANNONY84 1/18/2013 11:17:00 PM

    I often overlook the ability to do it when I am discouraged with how long certain activities take. I have trouble running, but it never occurred to me to slow down and just get some distance in. I always lost sight in the time and it led to negative patterns of inconsistency. Thank you for the tip!
GINGERVISTA 1/17/2013 6:39:00 PM

    You KNOW you can do it! I completed my first 5K in my 50's....slower than molasses, but I did it & you can too!!! Loved the C25K training program, too.
GORIANA 1/17/2013 11:34:00 AM

PYNETREE 1/17/2013 11:14:00 AM

    Good for you! emoticon I know in May, you'll be emoticon !
SAILOR64 1/17/2013 8:30:00 AM

    Keep up the good work. You are all on your way to a healthier more fit you!
DEBBYNATION 1/17/2013 8:00:00 AM

    u can do it!

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