Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Treadmill 5k

I am not a runner. But for a while now, I've been challenging myself to run (well, jog) a WHOLE mile. Not necessarily every single day, but at least add it into the rotation a few times a week. Even for just one mile, it take a bit of mental prep for me. I just don't really care for running. It's hard! And I have to wear shoes. I don't like shoes. Being on a treadmill, I simply set it to a steady 5mph pace, so it's a 12-minute mile. I can jog for twelve measly minutes, right?

I've been doing this for several months now. My jog is often my warm up before my weights workout. On rare occasions, I'd feel good, or a specific song would come on that would encourage me to keep going ... and I would. There were days when I'd do a mile and a half, or even two miles. Back in February I did 2.5 miles, my longest run to date. In that post I mentioned at SOME point, I planned on doing a treadmill 5k.

I have done ONE 5k in my life (My First 5k). I THINK I jogged the whole thing, trying to keep up with my kid on a scooter, but I may have stopped to check on another child (the oldest had pushed a little too fast and I found him sitting along the side of the road as I caught up).  I've been wanting to try an actual race again, but have never gotten around to it.

But I finally did a 5k on the treadmill!

I prepped myself mentally. I am going to do this. I put on the shoes I hate the least (I've been trying to break in some new ones that I'm not sure about yet, I used my older ones). I redid my playlist (I shared five of my favorite 5mph songs here, those five and others helped me get through. I'll be sharing more of my motivational music in an upcoming Friday Five).  I was ready.
I did it. It wasn't even that hard. 
Being one the treadmill, and being a bit OCD ... I didn't feel like I could stop at 3.1, so I continued to finish the lap at 3.25, 40 minutes. You can see my treadmill overestimates on the calorie count. My Fitbit came in closer to expected. I probably should have taken the time to slip on my HRM, but it does seem pretty consistent with the Fitbit for straight jogging.

Linking up with Workout Wednesday, Linky Wednesday and the Hump Day Blog Hop!

I'm sure I'll try my treadmill 5k again. I'm not sure when ... should I try to commit to once a month? Hmmmm. I'd really like to join an actual 5k again too, just something local and small. I'll be keeping my eyes open for some possibilities. I don't know that I'll be actively trying to improve on my time, as being on the treadmill, I just stick with a set, steady speed with my matching music. But if I give an actual race a try, it will be interesting to see how I do when I don't have the treadmill determining my pace.

Do you want to challenge yourself to a 5k?

Kyra at Adventures in Fitness is hosting a virtual 5k challenge. She has a Facebook group set up, and is even offering some drawings and prizes.

It was definitely an NSV for me!

... Linking up with WednesdayWoderfulz Race Edition as well. 


22 comments:

  1. Great job! Running a mile was definitely a struggle for me just a couple years ago, running a whole 5K was really hard even a year ago, and I just ran my first 10 miler two weeks ago. You're making great progress and can definitely up to races and longer distances if you want to! Thanks for joining the #wowlinkup :)

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    1. I am not sure I want to go longer *Ü* but I guess I won't dismiss it out of hand. Just glad to have conquered the 5k! Thanks for hosting the WOW link-up!

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  2. I HATE running!! I do it--because I know it's good for me. But I don't love it. I can't make it more than 2 miles on the treadmill before I want to jump off. Outside I can go longer--but still pretty slow like a turtle:) Great job on your 5K!! I am doing a color run 5K in May!!

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    1. Running seems to be the best for getting my heart rate up, and getting in the most steps in a short period of time ... at times it like it ok, but it's always the hardest workout for me. Everyone seems to enjoy those color runs, but it does just look messy! I'd probably try it if there was one close.

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  3. Hi! Just saw your post in Kyra's FB group. Good job! I find jogging so much easier with good music and I'm always curious as to what other people listen to while doing it. And now I remember I really liked the early songs of Maroon 5 - before they got to whiney for my taste.

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    1. I am always a little hesitant to recommend music because everyone's tastes are so different. But I figured I'd share some and people could take it or leave it or have it inspire them to remember other music :) Sometimes I just jog to a tv show, but music does generally drive me better!

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  4. Way to go on the 5k! I think once you get to one 5k they become addictive! Good luck finding a local one to participate in, races are so fun!

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    1. I remember after my first 5k years ago I was really pumped to do another, I had looked up a bunch but none fit with the schedule (5 boys in sports generally had something on a Saturday morning when they were going on). I do remember the energy of the race and I'd like to experience that again.

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  5. Great work on the 5k! I'm running my 3rd half on Sunday ... and I still hate running haha.

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    1. I seem to hear SO many people who just LOVE running, it's actually nice to hear about others who do it, but don't necessarily like it too! Thanks for commenting :)

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  6. Awesome Jen!! I so wanna try and run one day....I keep meaning to start my C25K but I keep not...lol...I jog some when I take my long walks...but I want to do MORE!!!

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    1. I never did the C25k program, just worked up to it on my own. But I've heard others who really like the structure of C25k :)

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  7. You're doing a great job with your running and jogging. You are doing everything you can to make your jog work best for you. Don't put too much stress on yourself about running a 5K or anything. You're doing great. I have a question - do you wear a band around your chest with the FitBit?

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    1. No, the Fitbit is an advanced pedometer, but it doesn't have any heart rate function (so no strap around your chest like a heart rate monitor ... I do have one of those as well that does have a chest strap). The Fitbit just counts steps, and how many steps in a minute (so it can differenciate between walking and running). For jogging, it's generally quite accurate when compared to my HRM ... LOVE my Fitbit!

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  8. Great job on running the whole 5K :)

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  9. great job on the 5K! It will begin to feel easier. I worked for months to get to 3 miles running and then adding in a mile or so at time was easier. The hardest part of my journey was getting strong enough to run 3 at a time :)

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  10. Love that you've been able to do your first 5K! That's an awesome accomplishment :) Keep up the great work #wowlinkup

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  11. I started running at 18 and that was many years ago LOL but I don't run anymore. I might do this challenge on the treadmill but I will run/walk it. To simulate running outdoors, elevate your treadmill to 2-3% when running indoors. Visiting from the #wowlinkup.

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  12. I started a C25K program back in 2005 and it was one of the best investments I ever made. It made the transition easy. The virtual 5K sounds like fun. #wowlinkup

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  13. Great job! I love 5ks but not sure about doing one on the treadmill...it's not my favorite! You should totally do one again, they are so fun! Thanks for linking up!

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  14. That is amazing!!! Great job!!

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  15. To me the treadmill is the hardest to over come. Good job on sticking with it, keep it up! Thanks for linking up at Wednesday Wonderfulz. :)

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