I must have temporarily lost the plot, because I appear to have signed up for a marathon…

Posts tagged ‘5k’

Wanna do a 5km run over the t’interweb?

I have just stumbled across this blog organising a Worldwide WordPress 5k run. I absolutely flippin’ love this idea.

With the aim to get people moving more, and in effect, exercise “together” even if you’re on the other side of the world, it is such a good motivator, and a fab way to communicate with the online running community – one I’ve never been involved in, but hope to be in upcoming months. Get my geek on yeeeah.

In a nutshell, the blog states:

“You can run, walk, or skip. It’s up to you. There’s no time limit and there’s just one requirement: that you participate!

The blog is hoping for participants to run on Sunday 10th April (this week) but also states that it is open from 4th – 10th April to give some flexibility. I think I will do mine on Sunday when I’ve got some free time to do an outdoor run.

As soon as I have decided on a road route, and charged up my camera, I’m going to post details of my own personal fun run right here in the next few days. If you fancy doing it too, use the tag wwwp5k so we can all have a nosey at each other’s efforts. Really excited to see posts from other WordPress users on this one. Should be a giggle.

No April fool, time to get serious

Saturday morning run…

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 5km (3.1 miles)
Time taken: 42.29 minutes
Average speed: 7.1 km an hour (4.5 mph)
Calories burned: 317

April is here a little sooner than I’d hoped, marking the start of training. Dun dun dunnnnn!
As mentioned in my Getting Organised post, I’m going to be working to a 6 month schedule to the big race in October. Not exactly to the one mentioned there, as I’ve seen many online and I’m sure they’re equally difficult useful.
However, what I will take from it is that I will need to be running 3 times weekly -preferably alternately to allow for rest days – and I shall aim to do the distances mentioned to guarantee some sort of progression.

The thing is, I want to do this marathon in between 4 and 5 hours. The thought of being that person still running on the roads when they are packing away scares the living crap out of me.
So I’ll need to be running an average of 10km (6ish miles) an hour to meet this target. At the moment it’s looking slim, but the training has only just begun….on Monday anyway. Time to get serious.

Matter of heart

Last night’s gym efforts…

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) :
5.06km (3.1 miles)

Time taken: 42 minutes
Average speed: 7.4 km an hour (4.5 mph)
Calories burned: 326

So last night I went to the gym. On a friday night.
I was really proud of myself for making the effort before going out with friends, and I loved the fact that I was pretty much the only person there. However, I feel like I’ve already hit a wall at the 5km mark, and when you consider than the marathon is approx 40km, I still have a very long way to go.

At one point my heart rate reached 200. I didn’t feel particularly bad, just like I needed to walk for a second.

According to this chart, this is a dangerous level.

Perhaps I need to try some alternative methods to increasing stamina rather than just pushing myself harder.

Set your goals

Last night’s gym effort…

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 5km (3.1 miles)
Time taken: 37 minutes
Average speed: 7.7 km an hour (4.7 mph)
Calories burned: 326

To many, this will seem like a pitiful excuse for a workout.
However, I was really chuffed with myself last night.
For a number of reasons…

1. I’m an ex smoker and I genuinely didn’t think I had it in me to do 5km comfortably.
2. I had to wait for 20 minutes to get on a treadmill and very nearly gave up and went home.
3. I actually did what I set out to do!

I don’t know whether it was because it was a Monday, or maybe something to do with International Fitness Week, as mentioned in my previous entry, but I have never seen the gym so full! I do intend to mix up my runs between the gym and the open road, but for now, whilst getting my stamina up, I want my beloved air-conditioned machines.

My feet are tired today!

International fitness week

Apprently, it’s International Fitness Week starting today.

According to the website, this week (14th – 20th March) is all about:
“inspiring people across the world to make a change, finding out what activity works for them and lead a healthier lifestyle. So save the date now and get motivated to get moving!”

This is what I hope to do with this blog.
I’m just  a normal person. Not hugely into exercise by any  means, although I was really good at school. Yes, I’m one of these annoying women who always wants to lose a few pounds and “get healthy” when another New Year comes around.

So if I can inspire just one person to get off the couch/computer/arse, then it’ll be worthwhile.

So far at the gym I have been casually exercising. Doing a quick run, doing a few weight machines, few minutes on the bike and then home.

I also got a tattoo last week, and you’re not really supposed to exercise the week after as it disrupts the healing process. But I want to take this seriously now.

Today, I’m gonna set myself a goal of 5k.