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tmeunier is doing 2 things including…

Run a 5k in less than 30 minutes


tmeunier has written 17 entries about this goal

5k this weekend

I’m not sure I’m going to do this in 30 minutes, but signed up for 5K race on Sunday 14Feb. I’m supposed to be training light this week Tue and Thur only, but I ran 3 miles today in under 30 minutes. My heart rate had plenty of upside room the entire time, so depending on crowding and course I think I can do it!

Training at 5K now!

Physical therapist made me back off from the Runners World 4-run-per-week plan. He told me my muscles weren’t strong enough, and I should be doing strength training and stretching, and back off to 3 days per week. And now I can run for a half hour straight! I’ve run 5K and 4 mi. already this week. Now I can go sign up for a few 5K races & try to do my 30 minutes! Yay! Even a 45 year old guy with 50-60 extra lbs of weight can do this!

Injury stalled my goal, so back to week 5

Well, I had to stay off my ankle for a few weeks, and now it feels great. I ran this morning, and did a 5k in under 35 minutes. I think I’m back about week 5 of the Runners World plan, so I’ll back up and jump in there. I’ll also do more stretching after my runs, and the physical therapist says I ran too hard, too soon, before doing any strength training on my legs. So I’m going to back off to 3x /week, and maybe try to get some strength training working. Want to put this up here, in case any other 40-somethings are trying this goal and getting frustrated. Shoot, I smoked for almost 30 years, I can take a few extra months to get my 5K in. No shame in that. Sort of amazed that I was able to run 1.5 miles straight, after a few weeks off!

Ran 15 min, walk 1, run 7, walk 1, run 6, walk 1.
Time: 00:35:42
Distance: 3.36 mi
Avg HR: 156 bpm
Max HR: 168 bpm

Running on bum ankle

Well, that was stupid. I thought my ankle had gotten better, so I ran on it. Now it’s hurt again. I think I need to go to sports medicine doc. Anyway, the week off didn’t damp my cardio capacity – i ran two miles without stopping! Over 20 minutes, then a little bit of a walk.
Week 7 I guess, but I need to reset here and pick up again with the 4x/week runs, after a doctor tells me it’s okay.
Time: 00:31:31
Distance: 2.98 mi
Avg HR: 153 bpm
Max HR: 167 bpm

Wednesday of week 6

Had to skip Monday because I hurt my ankle. Still hurts and I foolishly ran on it today. Bad me. Oh well. I think I’ll switch to elliptical for a week, maybe, to keep from pounding my legs/knees/feet. I’m feeling foolish about that. But the crazy thing is, I am LOVING the running. If you’d told me that 2 months ago, I’d have said you were crazy.
Run 17 minutes, walk 1, run 12 minutes.

Time: 00:32:44
Distance: 3.13 mi
Avg HR: 156 bpm
Max HR: 169 bpm

Week 5 of 8 complete!

Saturday of week 5. Again I skipped Friday, but that still left me with three runs this week, so the pontificators of 3x/week should be happy. I actually completed my third mile before the 30 minute mark! Woot! Today’s stats:

Time: 00:37:01
Avg Pace: 10:27 min/m
Avg HR: 155 bpm
Max HR: 167 bpm

I’m still old and fat, but I didn’t know a month ago that I’d EVER be able to run 1.5 miles without stopping, never mind walk a minute and do it AGAIN.

Wednesday week 5

Run 13 min, walk 1 min, run 13, walk 1, run 2. So I stopped my running computer thingy and I did a 5k in 32 minutes! And that includes two minutes of walking, so it’s pretty clear that I’m going to knock this thing out. Again, it keeps feeling like I’m not going to be able to make it, but then I just slow down a little bit and plod ahead, and it turns out I can make it! It’s hard, but I do it. Heart rate was very high today, so I might need to slow down more for Friday’s run.

Time: 00:32:04
Distance: 3.18 mi
Avg HR: 160 bpm
Max HR: 171 bpm

Start of week five!

Over a month into this, and I’m sticking with the program! Today is Monday of week 5 of the Runners World Beginning Runner program. I missed Friday because of an early morning meeting, and didn’t quite make the full half hour on Saturday because of the giant hill at the end of my run, so I was contemplating redoing Week 4 again. But instead, I decided to try week 5 but keep the course flat this time, and I did it! I ran/walked 5k today, in about 33 minutes. It’ll get harder on Wednesday and Friday, but I’m confident that I can put my head down, pace myself, and plow through. Today’s run:

Run 12 minutes, walk 1, run 12, walk 1, run 4.
Time: 00:33:06
Distance: 3.19 mi
Avg HR: 154 bpm
Max HR: 165 bpm

Saturday of week 4 = fail-ish

Skipped Friday run because of early morning meeting.
Attempted to do Saturday run:
Run 11 min, walk 1, run 11, walk 1, run 6.
Couldn’t get the full 6 done, because hill kicked my ass. Ran the rest after getting over top of hill.

Maybe I should repeat week 4 until I don’t fail. Or maybe I should just push through and do week 5, but stick to no giant hills. Let’s see, on Monday.

Halfway through week 4 of running program!

Wednesday of week 4. I ran what I was supposed to, and it almost (but didn’t!) killed me. I keep thinking I’ll fall over, then I don’t. Is this how it is for everyone, or just old fat guys?
Run 9 min, Walk 1 min, Repeat 3X

Time: 00:30:05
Distance: 2.80 mi
Avg HR: 158 bpm
Max HR: 168 bpm


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