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My Baseline 5K

Posted Nov 03 2010 12:00am

It’s so nice to know that i’m not alone and a lot of us have bad days, whether it be at home or work.  Thank you for sharing the struggles.  The good thing is they don’t last very long and we can hopefully learn something from them.

**NOTE it’s been brought to my attention that last night at the gym I had a case of Mommy brain and should have run just 3.1 miles instead of 3.2 to equal 5K of running.  SO, I will still be doing the challenge for November but I have to run a “re-do” for my baseline 5K.  I’ll do this by the end of the week and report back!! :)

Last night once Steve got home I hightailed it to the gym.  I got ready before he arrived so that I could get out the door and get my workout done.  While driving there I thought about what goals I want to set.  Sure, one goal is to get to the gym more often, but I was thinking more along the lines of challenging myself while in the gym.  The best thing for me to do is run, as not only do I love it but it’s a great work out and I feel like it works my whole body. 

I decided for my first work out in November I would run a quick 5K.  I had no idea how “quick” it would be as I hadn’t really had a timed run in a while.  The workouts I’ve been doing lately have just been 20- 30 minute runs, with some walking, a bit of hills etc.  I’ve also dipped into the weight area a bit.  But more on that in another post.  Last night I liked the idea of a little more structure to my cardio workout.

I warmed up at a jogging pace for the first minute and then continued to work towards the 5K.

At first, I wanted to do a sub 30 minute 5K.  I didn’t think it would be that difficult.  But, seeing as i’m not in the running shape I used to be it took me a bit longer than I would have liked.

5K (3.2 miles) in 31 minutes and 20 seconds.



I would have preferred it to be under the 30 minute mark.  And maybe it would have been if I didn’t warm up for that minute at a slower pace.  But, this is a good baseline for me to start at. 

By the end of November i’m hoping to shave some minutes off that time.

That is my goal for this month!

I have to say though… I was movin’ and I was sweating by the end.  It felt great!!!

I would love it if anyone wanted to join me in this 5K challenge.  Whatever time you start at isn’t really important, the improvement is.

I’ll post my progress once a week!!

Are you a runner?  What’s your favourite thing to do in the gym?

What is your biggest accomplishment when it comes to your workouts?

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