Post # 1
I’m 31, 5’4″ and a doughy 135 lbs (+/-). I have never run before or adhered to any long term exercise plan. I just signed up for a 5 K tribute run in mid October, just a few weeks before my wedding. I am doing this as an alternative to a bridal shower because my FI’s mother passed away several years ago from cancer. I like the idea of raising money for a good cause over getting gifts that we really don’t need (we already live together, have a house, blah, blah, blah). The question: is it possible for me to do this in 30 minutes? I don’t want to just lolly gag it. I want to set a goal, and achieve it. As it turns out, relatives from both sides are coming (to my suprise) to cheer me on, so running this well would really mean a lot. FI knows I’m not a runner, and that I hate exercising, so seeing me train for this means a lot to him too. I have been at it for just over a week now, and did 2 miles this morning in just over 22 minutes. And there’s a big-ass hill on that run. I was so proud of running 2 miles straight without stopping. Granted, it wasn’t fast. But I don’t think I’ve ever run a mile and to be at 2 after only a week makes me think my goal might be possible. I’m sort of following the C25K philosophy of gradually increasing running intervals and decreasing walking time, but I more or less let my body tell me when I need to slow down. So what do you think bees, if I keep at it at least 4 days a week for the next 3 months, is a 30 minute 5K possible for me?? Thanks!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@GrannyPantiesRock: I say yes! If you can do a two 11-minute miles without really training, then I think you could definitely train towards a 9 minute 40 second mile! (30 minutes divided by 3.1 miles.) You do have a whole 3 months, and it’s really helpful to have a goal like this to work towards.
Post # 4
Based on your 22 minute 2miles I think you could totally do a 5k in under 30 by october with dilligent training 🙂 BTW, for your 1st time, your time is AWESOME!! (I’m not a very fast runner)
If I were you I wouldn’t run more than 4 times a week if you haven’t been running regularly already. It’s really hard on the joints & you don’t want to get a stress injury from going too hard too soon. Other than that, it sounds like you’ve got it figured out! Good luck!!!
Post # 5
@GrannyPantiesRock: totally! I trained for 2 months for my 5k and did it in 30:08…and that was going from not really running at all. I think 3 months is totally enough time to get you to a 5k in 30 minutes or less!
Post # 6
Update! I did 2.9 miles in about 32 minutes. I’m so proud of that after only 3 weeks of training. I am definitely not a runner, so if I cross that finish line in under 30 minutes, I’m going to be so stoked!!!
Post # 7
Absolutely! I find my training pace is always slower than my race pace because of the extra adreneline. With diligent training and already impressive results, I think you’ve got this in the bag! Keep us updated!
Post # 8
You got this girl, I am around the same training pace and I have most definitely ran 30 minute 5k’s. Keep us in the loop!
Post # 9
You definitely can! Keep up the training and be careful not to get injured!