EdgarHF wrote:I got to keep telling myself I am 56 years old, still need to lose weight, and have been inactive for years. I will get there eventually.
that's okay. You are supposed to struggle if you are running a pre "race" 5K, it shouldn't be easy. At least it gives you an idea of where you are at. I like to do 5K pre race tests the week before I run one. And yes, you will do better at the actual race - but it is good practice. Try running with someone who is just a bit faster than you - let them push you on your pace. It is much easier to run at a faster pace when you are in a group or with someone else.EdgarHF wrote:I ran a test 5k today and struggled
Are you still doing speedwork one day a week? For example: 50, 100, or 200 meter repeats. Try starting out with doing 4 repeats of one of those. Pushing through to the end on each one. Imagine you are 'breaking the tape'. Steadily increase your speed each repeat, using the last one to really give it all you have. Each week add one more repeat. Or do "pickups" during a 3 mile run, either by time or distance, choosing 30 secs. to run at a faster pace, then back to normal, or pick an object ahead and run faster to it, repeat this 2 times for each mile.EdgarHF wrote:I am hitting diminishing returns on improvement
It is normal to feel this way, don't worry. You just need to mix it up a bit. Do the speedwork one day, group run, solo "pace" run, etc. Find different places to run, so you don't get bored with the same locale.EdgarHF wrote:I really did not want to run today. I had to force myself to get out there and do it
ldematto wrote:Wow Edgar - you are doing amazing! Losing over 70 lbs!! As far as clothes, it's too bad there isn't a *place* <--for lack of a better word, where we all can't deposit clothes we no longer wear, that can be given to those who are working their way down the scale.....I had tons of size 18, 16, and 14 pants/ slacks from Chico's and Talbot's, and suits that I would've been happy to give to someone who needed them due to weight loss......when my kids were young and growing, they went through jeans and Z's....I had them in every size - I brought them to the office and put them anonymously in the lunch room by size...they were gone in less than 5 minutes....I hate going to Goodwill - the workers take all the good stuff, and once I brought a bunch of stuff straight from being dry cleaned and they threw them on top of a very large pile of dirty clothes....ack! Sorry Edgar - got caught up in a pet peeve of mine But seriously...too bad there wasn't some place we could give and go to if needed...
This is what I LOVE about running with friends. Time flies by, you have fun, are distracted from what you are actually doing, AND get a great workout in at the same time. Awesome. Good run, Edgar.EdgarHF wrote:Today we were jogging along talking and the next thing I knew we had run our 3 miles.... It just felt like an easy jog. We even stopped a bit at a water fountain during the second mile and gabbed while taking a drink and continued on. When we finished I realized we ran the 3 miles at what is for me near race pace
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