Your husband sounds a bit weird, I've seen this before, hubby gets jealous at wifes progress, arguments start and hubby starts to sulk, wife carries on improving her times, hubby sells wife to Ukranian gangsters for a life of drug riddled prostitution.
If I were you I'd dump him, it's only a matter of time. Do it now while you still can
Time is a funny thing. sometimes over the years I would think that if only I could shave a minute off my 5k time that would be great and 2 minutes off would be out of this world. Truth is that if I had shaved 2 minutes off then I would then be thinking, if only I could shave a minute off my time then ....... There are people out there who are maybe running 8 minutes quicker for a 5k than yourself who worry constantly about how they would like to be faster and there are also people out there who are running 8 minutes slower who are over the moon with how fast they now are.
Your time are good.
I get grief all the time as I am apparently 'always' out running. I just tell her how many hours a week I do, which averages less than a hour a day. And then not long after she starts saying I am always out running again.... A bit tiresome.... But keep at it, don't over do it; but I would say look around for an interesting race to enter in the spring or summer. It is a great buzz and keeps the motivation up
Am definitely looking for a race to enter next year. I feel ready now. Have been looking on the race finder on here but can't seem to find anything local at the moment, unless I am doing something wrong.
ETA - yep, must have been doing something wrong because just been on the event search again and found one I like. The Runner's World Trailblazer! Just got to pluck up the courage to go for it now. I know for definite that I can cover the distance, just got to sort the nerves out about actually attending and taking part in a race.
In my experience the nerves are the thing.... I have been racing more years than I care to admit. Despite this my pulse was at 110 beats per min as I got out of the car for my last race. A 10 mile fancy dress cross country... When I do not get nervous I will pack it in! Do not worry where you come; do it, learn from it, move on....
I started running 4 years ago and completed my 1st half marathon 3 years ago in 2hr.30 plus, not really improving but pleased to be fit and injury free, (10 years older than you). Competed in a 10km race this moring, finishing in slow 1hr 11mins, but this was 3 mins faster than last years event so happy with that, my hubby is quietly proud but hides it well
Craig, funny you should mention nerves...in my early racing days I didn't think anything of races, easy night's sleep, no nerves at all. I remember awaiting the start of one of the hardest half marathons in the south one year, hands in pockets yawning, thinking this'll be fine.
Now, the adrenaline kicks in the night before, and doesn't go until the gun starts the race!
your times are perfectly respectable. i am also impressed at your restraint in not punching your husband.
parkruns are races, in my view. so you are a racer now.
speedwork, fartlek, hills, long slow runs, high tempo runs. these are all good....the key is to keep your body guessing. mix it up.
Your times are fab! Sounds to me like you've done really well! Why do you run just out of interest - what's your motivation?
I'd have a chat with the hubby, sounds to me like he'd be happier if you were sat watching eastenders getting fat eating crisps instead.. I agree with the dude and admire your restraint thus far! Time for a chat methinks...before you get sold to Ukrainian gansters that Nick knows...
Iluvstafies - Your 5K and 10K PB times are roughly the same as mine I think we should be proud of ourselves
Iluvstuffing- your times are not below average, they are great. The main thing is you're out there doing it. Just enjoy yourself and also a target of a planned race will help. And think - you can get your hubby to be in charge of race day drop off, kit and pick up afterwards - he'll love the involvement. In fact he could also be on the look out for any potential Ukrainian gangsters!
Iluvstaffies - when I started running regularly about 6 months ago my missus was always giving me grief. I think she was jealous that I was doing something to lose my weight but she couldnt find any motivation to do it for herself. She would give me little digs and tell me I was wasting my time etc. Then, after about 3 months of that, I basically told her in no uncertain terms that I was doing it for me not for her. If she wasnt prepared to support me then I told her not to say anything about it at all. After a short time she realised that I meant it and the comments stopped. I wouldnt say she is totally supportive now but we dont have any arguments about my running and she sees that I am doing as a hobby and enjoy it a lot. One of the big factors for me was her knowing exactly when I would be going out running so we could plan to do other things together. When you start going for a run at the time you say you are then your other half will see you mean business.
As runningforchocloate says, it's probably time for a chat..be strong and good luck
Congrats on your times (and on getting off the couch ) Don't let your husband get you down, it sounds like you're doing really well!
you are doing brill.. I am with a running club and have been running 1.5 years again ( aged 43) and done a marathon recently but still not quite at your speeds..my husband also runs and is fast but him and everyone from my club supports and praises everyone and it does not matter what speed you run at the main thing is that you run and enjoy it!
Your times are very respectable. I'm a data-geek myself, so I love keeping track of my times/heart-rate over various distances to see how I'm improving.
I only started running seriously 6 months ago, and the one thing that had the biggest impact on my times was to spend a couple of months of disciplined training at a low heart rate. By disciplined I mean resisting the urge to speed up and end the run all out of breath and sweaty. It felt wrong, and I couldn't believe it would have much benefit, but it did. After that I mixed it up, but I always try to keep one long slow run each week to build the aerobic endurance.
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