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Not able to run 5k thread

Posted: 01/04/2009 at 20:06

Hi all,

Stopped smoking (again), started a diet (again) and began running (again) on Monday.

Started with walk 2 mins run 1 min times 7

Today was walk 90 secs run 90 secs times 7 

Did a couple of sow 10k's last summer, around 70 mins for both.

I will never be fast but once I can run for over 30 mins I do find it enjoyable. It is the getting there I find difficult.

Back up to 18 stone again so I need to take it slowly. I like goals and have entered the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October. It appears a pipe dream at the moment but I am fairly tenacious.

Good Luck to all of you in your training I shall look forward to reading of your successes.


Nike+ sport band - your opinions

Posted: 05/09/2008 at 21:11

Hi Kate,

Loved it at first. Fantastic motivational tool; couldn't wait to upload my stats each time. However, I got a little bit despondent after realising that it is not very accurate. You can calibrate it but as my running changed the more inaccurate it became.

On my first 10k race it registered 11.9 km! It may be that I am doing something wrong.

I now prefer my nike triax watch / heart rate monitor and use a mapping tool for distance and record my runs / stats on FETCH.

In summary it is good but only if you don't mind the fact that it almost certainly won't be accurate.

Help and Advice, please.

Posted: 12/08/2008 at 21:09

Like Dan I think that should easily be enough to lose weight. You are far more scientific in your approach than me. I have just tried to clean up my act in terns of what I eat (not that successful for much of the time) and make sure I run 3 or 4 times a week.

In four months I have lost 23lbs: Originally 18 stn 3 lbs down to 16 stn 8 lbs. Not prolific weight loss, but achieved without too much effort so far. I still have a takeaway once a week and the odd bar of chocolate. I try to focus more on my workouts and what I am trying to achieve in them and the weight loss seems to happen as a consequence.

same results

Posted: 10/08/2008 at 17:23

Now you have run 10k twice why not try and time yourself over 5k?

I bet you will be pleased with the result. At the very least it will give you a much clearer idea of what you might be capable of over 10k once you have properly trained up.

In the build up to a 10k you should be running your longest distance quiet slowly in order to build endurance. It is initailly your time over shorter distances that will indicate and produce any improvements in speed.

Try not to be so impatient with yourself. That way only lies disappointment.

Build steadily and you will get their quicker than you think.

A new 10k in under 60 mins thread?

Posted: 08/08/2008 at 22:10

Count me in.

Done the Great Capital 10k a few weeks ago in 69 mins. Only been running for 3 months and completed 2 10ks, the first in 71 mins. I am slow but enjoying it.

I think at my weight it will be a struggle to do under 60 this year but if not I am hopeful by Spring.

Doing the Great South Run at the end of October so mght try to get another 10k in for Sept.

All the best


How weird

Posted: 08/08/2008 at 18:17

Last week I weighed myself at the gym on one of those scales that you pay 50p and it gives you a print out. Was gutted to find out I had put on 3lbs over the previous couple of weeks despite the fact that I had been training consistently.

This week I have mixed up the training a bit and exercised on 6 days out of the last 8 days. I have ran on the treadmill using the random hills and the interval programmes, swam, tried a spinning class and done some strength excercises. All a radical departure to just plodding.

Anyway, according to the same scales I have lost 7lbs this week!

Is this possible?

0 to 10k in 4 months... eek

Posted: 07/08/2008 at 21:49

Keep going Rebecca you are doing fantastically well.

Don't fall into the same mistake as I did, trying to go further and faster on every run.

Mix it up a bit ,some faster shorter runs and some slower longer runs and even some shorter slower runs occasionally won't do any harm. Trying to go further and faster all the time can seriously tire you out and then you may become despondent.

However, you will be running 10k comfortably quiet soon judging by your progress so far.

All the best,


Your 1st 10k?

Posted: 06/08/2008 at 17:43
71 mins for first, 69 mins for second. Long way to go to get to that sub 60!

Can I run in a GB vest?

Posted: 05/08/2008 at 21:13
If they made them in fat bugger XXL I would wear it everywhere!

Using treadmills instead of going out!

Posted: 05/08/2008 at 16:13

Hi Sarah,

I think treadmills are really useful for midweek runs. Especially when the nights draw in. In certain areas you are right to be safety conscious. However, nothing beats getting out there and running through a lovely park or along a trail for a longer run. I can do 30 mins on the treadmill and that is my limit. Anything over that it has to be outside. There must be a big park somewhere nearish that you could drive to and do your weekend run/s there. Plenty of peoiple about walking dogs, cycling etc means there are more distractions and helps with safety.

Good Luck,


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