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5k in 42 minutes

Thursday, April 24, 2008

So I was pondering my progress this morning after discussing my readiness to do a 5k with ANDALEX.
It is hard to track my progress. Especially since I really love the elliptical machine. And lets face it, that is so much easier than actual running. I have done 5k on that in 33 minutes. And I've been capping out my time at 40 minutes on the treadmill. SO I had not reached or even tried to reach 5k yet.
So I did something I had not been brave enough to do yet.
I went outside, to the park and pushed myself through a distance of 5k. I did not look at a clock. I did not count how long my running bursts were and how long the walk breaks were. I only looked at the distance, the mile markers and my lungs my only pacesetters.
I just went. Outside on pavement, no treadmill to keep my pace for me, the sun beating down, just the barest hit of a breeze helping out. There were a couple of points were I pushed a little to much and almost started wheezing, so I backed it down. It is so hard to know what is too much and what is nudging your limits in the good way. (note to self, try to get heart rate monitor)
So I noted the time I started and only when I finished did I peak at the clock.
42 minutes. I have no idea how good or bad this is. I have no basis for comparison. But on my own behalf I feel a bit proud.
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    this is truly fantastic! I've always wanted to run a 5k race, but have never done so. It is one of my goals for this year. I'm so proud that you just got yourself out there and did it! Its a wonderful accomplishment.
    4682 days ago
    I think its phenomenal!!! To run for 42 minutes is quite the accomplishment and to listen to your body and pace yourself if fantastic. Good for you!

    Where did you run?
    4688 days ago
  • TAMMY...
    And you should be proud! Good for you, both for being able to run 5k and for stepping out of your comfort zone to "test" the water...so to speak! Keep up the good work! : )
    4688 days ago
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