Popped my parkrun cherry on Saturday! Trust me to choose the hottest, stickiest, muggiest day of the year to do it on. Still, it gives me a relatively soft PB target for next time.
This warm weather is lovely for pootling around in, but not so great for running. Might have to force myself to go out really early in the morning - now if only the girls would play ball and stay in their own beds/not get ill that might just work.
Little monster #1 was horseriding yesterday - second time and she's loving it. Just went for a trek in the woods again, but she's up for getting lessons when we get back from holiday, because they get to do more trotting, which she loved. I fear for my bank balance.................
It's a bit "how long is a piece of string" Ali. I am 46 too, and am on the comeback trail following 5 years off running having kids. Looking back to 3 weeks into my comeback, I was running approx. 39 mins for 3 miles, (I'm assuming you meant 3 miles/5k as that's the standard parkrun distance). My time is now around 32 mins (after a patchy year and a half training).
A quick look at a couple of parkrun results show times from 16 minutes up to 50 minutes.
So all in all, 40 mins sounds like a reasonable target, and as you say, gives a benchmark for your future improvement.
Having missed the inception of this thread, I have just read back from the first post and have had to simulate several coughing fits to cover the snorts of laughter caused by some of your advice. This has left me with a sore throat. Whilst not strictly a running injury, it has been caused by a running forum, so does that count, and can you offer any advice as to how I can relieve the pain.
Also, are Tena Lady the best incontinence product on the market, as there has been another unfortunate consequence of said snorting?
It's very warm today (or at least it is here, and I'm waaaay up North). That will have an effect on your HR. My resting HR is normally about 56, but an hour after my 30 min lunchtime run I've just checked and I'm still over 90. I can easily get my HR over 180 on a flattish run (which is why I don't use an HRM anymore).
As long as you feel well (no dizzy spells or fainting and no chest pains), I wouldn't worry about it. It's probably just normal for you.