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Wandering 5K Thoughts

Friday, June 21, 2013

A number of months ago I found the 5K Your Way training program on SP and decided “I can do that!” For someone who has never done any type of true walking, this was a stretch. I don’t walk, I don’t exercise, I’m a couch potato.
But I did it. I joined the group and printed off the training plan. I talked to my walking buddy so that she would be on board with my plans. And we started the next Monday.
I loved the challenge! I followed the plan and by the end of the 5 weeks I was walking 3.1 miles (5K).
My first 5K was pretty darn slow. It took me 63 minutes and 54 seconds to finish. My first thought was “OMG, I'm such a loser. It shouldn’t have taken that long.” Right behind that thought came, “OMG, I did it! I walked and finished a 5k.” The first thought was my old defeatist attitude. This is what I was trying to change. My second thought, I want that to be my new attitude.
My 3rd thought, “I have more training to do because I’m going to get this down below 1 hour, hopefully a lot below!”
It has been 11 weeks now since that first 5K. My walking buddy and I do a lot of walking, 2-4 miles, 4 days a week. Has this helped with my 5K? Heck yes!!!
I just finished my 4th 5K. I finished in 48:31. I’d knocked 15 minutes and 23 seconds off my time!! I have to say, I impressed myself!
My 4th thought, “I can do better than that!”
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  • MAWMAW101
    Wonderful blog.
    I joined my first 5K on here to see if I could do it before my 72nd birthday and wanted to finish in 72 minutes. I did finish in 65 minutes. Now I am working on my 2nd 5K set for August because the challenge keeps me motivated.
    Congratulations on your great accomplishments.
    1828 days ago
    Well done on the 63+ minutes, I just beat you at 60+ minutes when I first did it last September.

    Keep at it and you will soon be up for the 10k challenge. This may seem out of reach now but you will get there.

    Your next 5k is to aim for 45minutes, that is what I am aiming for.

    Good luck and have a good weekend.
    1828 days ago
    That is awesome! Congratulations! You are luck you have a buddy near by to walk with!
    Keep going - you will get better and better!
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    1828 days ago
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