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5k Running Training: Week One

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Today was my first day on my NEW 5k training plan. As I mentioned in my last post, my goal for the next 5 weeks is to be able to run a 5k straight through. Since the first 3 weeks of this program are the same as the last 3 in my previous program, I have decided to use this as an opportunity to increase my speed. If I can hold a faster speed, then hopefully I will be able to sustain a run on a slower speed. Plus, a 10 minute mile is my eventual goal.

So I'm doing 4 mph/6 mph walk/run intervals, and let me tell you, it was hard! I only went for 25 of the 32 minutes I was suppose to. But it's okay, because I know I can do this week, and I can only get better. If I'm still struggling, then I'll know it was too early to increase my speed and slow down next week.

But all this got me thinking. Speed is so relative, isn't it? I know there are people on SP who run at 4 mph. I'm trying to run at 6 mph, and while I'm not there yet, it is a reasonable goal. And yet, a 6 mph AVERAGE pace is a 4 1/2 hour marathon. There are people who do marathons much faster than that, so that means they can maintain an average speed of much higher for a whole marathon! Crazy. Another reason why I have no goals to complete a marathon.
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  • STAY39
    Good for you! I have been doing a 5k running plan too and was also working on my speed. The highest speed I can maintain is 5.4 mph. My 1st 5k I finished in under 43 mins but I was so happy to have run (ok- jogged) the whole thing. My 2nd 5k I ran in under 40 mins and was thrilled to have improved my time but not thrilled that I had to walk a couple times on the hills. So this spring's 5k I am hoping to finish under 37 mins but also run the entire time! Everybody has such individual goals and yes it is all relative. All we can do is push ourselves to our own fullest potential and keep improving! Good luck!!
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    Comment edited on: 3/12/2013 5:07:17 PM
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