5.5k hard work

5.5k hard work

I did the 5.5k run this morning but I feel like the bridge programme is too hard for me yet.

I had to walk a briefly a few times. Did 5k okay and intervals for 2.5k but it was hard today. Not sure if itโ€™s psychological or just need to try again.

Anyway donโ€™t want to be despondent, this not me, itโ€™s a glorious crisp morning and no work so now off with hubby for dog walk ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  • I wouldn't beat yourself up... you have some pretty impressive stats ๐Ÿ˜

  • Thanks I donโ€™t really beat myself up as loving running just donโ€™t want to spoil that happy feeling. May try this one again ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Honestly, don't worry about the stats... I put my tracker on the other night but had a seperate music player and paid no attention and enjoyed just running... went beyond what I had aimed to do ๐Ÿ˜‚ I don't get hung up on the figures and find it more enjoyable... only you know how it felt to make the judgement about repeating it x

  • I do that too. I set my phone recording the stats then put it away.

    I listen to music, nature and walk if I have to which is rare now but if I'm extending my runs I expect it. Most of all, if I'm extending a run, I start slower and often slow down more as I run. I can work on pacing some other time.

  • I just want to keep looking at the stats if it's out so i just let it do its thing and go quicker as I am not distracted x

  • The only time I looked at my tracker is when my phone said I had done 5k as I wanted to be sure I did the 5.5k. It's been helpful to post the stats as I've now had some really helpful advice. Thank you really appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • You did brilliantly Carolyn..the longer the run, you can go much slower. You did 5.5k in 37 minutes with some walking...it takes me over 40 mins to do 5k๐Ÿ˜†... and for a long run I start really steady, and you find the longer you run the better your breathing gets. 20 to 30 minutes into a run is when I feel most relaxed now.

    I would think you can go onto week 2, but instead of running fast, practice a nice steady slower pace so you can run for longer.๐Ÿ˜Šxxx

  • Aww thank you. I will try slowing it down next time ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

  • To "learn" how to run easily and slowly (your NIKO NIKO pace - look it up) , walk on a treadmill and keep increasing the speed slightly until you feel that you cannot walk any faster - then start "running" at that same pace . :)

  • I just looked it up and found this article on it. Now I want to try it out too... championseverywhere.com/nik...

  • Watch this

  • That looks great and I will give it a go on Monday when I will try the 6k run (light slow jog). I'll let you know how it goes ๐Ÿ‘

  • Thank you I will have a good read ๐Ÿ‘

  • And you are doing great. Take it slow and youโ€™ll be there in no time

  • You are doing really well, and sometimes our minds do want to make us believe that we can't ( you can)... ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Pretty much what Jan-now-runs said. I'm just 57 and can't get anywhere near your times...

  • You did great! I just checked my 5.5k paces and you were a full 2 minutes faster than me. I would listen to the advice from the very experienced folks on here - slow and steady is really good, and I find itโ€™s when I hit that natural pace that my attention moves away from gasping for breath and my mind drifts into relax mode and then I truly am โ€˜in the running momentโ€™. Good luck with this weekโ€™s runs - remember, weโ€™re all in this together!

  • Thank you, I will try going slower. I only set my Fitbit going so it tells me when I've reach the km as I haven't really worked out measured runs. It was easier when Mr Smooth told me I had so many more minutes to go.

    I ended the day having "run" my 5.5k and then walked another 15k total. A busy day off work ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Your pace is amazing...Im doing 9min a km.. but i felt this week harder to run..my breathing, my body....not sure why..but we did it. Well done. keep going and posting here..We realise we are not alone.

  • Reading the helpful replies I think I am going too fast for longer runs so I am definitely going to slow it down. Maybe then I won't look so red when I've finished too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I use a GPS watch and never look at it until I turn it off at the end of the run - I always plot my course on gb.mapometer.com/

  • Thank you I'll have a look at that. Have tried using google maps but it can't follow the trail path ๐Ÿ‘

  • Just had a look at this and it's great. Means I can go tech free ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • I don't know which plan you are following or if there is actually suggested pace, but something in the region of 80% of your running should be at an easy pace.

    Look at this calculator runnersworld.co.uk/rws-trai...

    It may surprise you how slow you should be running.

  • Thank you, Iโ€™m trying the bridge to 10k and havenโ€™t found anything about pace, hence my post. Everyone here is so helpful and I will definitely take any advice. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Thank you again, just read the article and it great. Loving all the support on here ๐Ÿ‘

  • Well done... if you slowed up your pace a tad you will find you can go further. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Many thanks I will definitely heed all the helpful advice. I need to remember that I am still new to this running ๐Ÿ‘

  • Keep going, I have finished WK 1 of the bridge and found it tough. However I did not do the shorter run thinking I needed to build up stamina( Wrong) so when I did the 5.5K I struggled at the very end. I am going to do WK 2 started this morning with a Parkrun and see how I get on.

  • Thank you I'm going to start w2 on Monday as I did a long run yesterday and lots of walking too so taking a good rest before 6k (very slow) run. Good luck with your week 2

  • This is a great time - your pace and time is almost exactly as my 5.5k yesterday! I tried the 30-20-1O technique in the 2.5k and found it exhausting. But, I think it helped me carry on that extra bit for the 5.5k. Keep going & don't worry about the odd walk!

  • Thank you I am going to try slowing down so I don't need the short walks ๐Ÿ˜‰enjoy your week

  • Run at conversational pace some say 180 less your age which is about 130 ... it's very very slow BUT it's the land of almost no injuries

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