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Distance Not Time!




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!

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  • 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. - by BROWNSKIN252
    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!!! - by SCOTLA
  • 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. - by NYCOUNTRYGAL81
  • Works for me - by NWLIFESRC
  • 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. - by MELBBART
  • I need to do that. Thank you for the idea!!! - by ELIZABETH5268
  • Sounds like a plan - by HYATTI1
  • I wish I could join you. Go for it. - by LEANMEAN2
    Thanks - by AMANDACOETZER
    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! - by SHANNONY84
  • 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. - by GINGERVISTA
  • Indeed - by GORIANA
  • Good for you! emoticon I know in May, you'll be emoticon ! - by PYNETREE
  • Keep up the good work. You are all on your way to a healthier more fit you!
    - by SAILOR64
  • u can do it! - by DEBBYNATION

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