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TooOldForThis1Graduate
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Still here, still plodding. Loving that I can hop on the treadmill while hubby goes for a "proper" run, although he would never say that!

I'm planning on trying to do 5k tomorrow, nice and slow however my question to you all is...Do you include your 5 minute warm up walk in your distance? Previously I've done 5k but I've walked for 5 minutes, run for 30 and finished it walking.

Thanks in advance ๐Ÿ™‚

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Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator

I only include my running distance..but you run for you...:) so whatever you decide is brilliant:)

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TooOldForThis1Graduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you for your reply, I'll use the restart button when I start running (not sure anyone else would call it running ๐Ÿคญ)

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator

Personally I just count running distance .Start my watch after the warm up and stop it before cool down .

But you can do as you want ๐Ÿ˜

Thank you. Even though I've been doing the 30 mins now for a few months I've worked on getting a bit faster, just a bit ๐Ÿ™‚ but I really want to do a park run and not have to walk half of it ๐Ÿ™„

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate

I usually itemize them separately in my reports. My warm up and cool down walks usually add up to about 1km on their own.

My watch "workouts" have set laps for 5 minutes to warm up and an open ended lap "press lap button" at the end for the cool down.

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nowsterGraduate in reply to nowster

Here's my planned run tomorrow

Garmin workout plan
TooOldForThis1 profile image
TooOldForThis1Graduate in reply to nowster

Wow 18k! And I'm worried about 5k! That's inspiration for me ๐Ÿ™‚

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate in reply to TooOldForThis1

I've done it only once before (back in April). The following week I had to stop short due to a pulled hamstring.

TooOldForThis1 profile image
TooOldForThis1Graduate in reply to nowster

Good luck!

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate in reply to TooOldForThis1

I'm afraid I didn't do 18km.

I was a naughty boy and did 21.25km instead. My first Half Marathon.

TooOldForThis1 profile image
TooOldForThis1Graduate in reply to nowster

Amazing! Well done! I managed my 1st 5k too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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TooOldForThis1Graduate in reply to nowster

Thanks, I don't have that sort of tech, I'm female, I'm blonde and I'm Irish! No offence to any other blonde, Irish females ๐Ÿ™‚. I can't even operate my phone without the help of My 14yr old son ๐Ÿคญ I'll re set the treadmill after my warm up walk and go from there. Thank you for the input though.

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate in reply to TooOldForThis1

Nothing wrong with being Irish. My passport has a harp on it too.

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doggytailGraduate in reply to TooOldForThis1

Love it I'm blonde not Irish not tech savvi at all, my grandson has to sort my phone out for mr6. I just listen to Laura walk 5 mins run 30 hopefully walk 5

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ItsamiracleGraduate in reply to TooOldForThis1

Thatโ€™s what I do. I reset after warm up walk. Good luck.

IannodaTruffe profile image
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

A 5k run is a 5k run........it doesn't include walks. If it does, then it becomes a run/walk, a strategy known as Jeffing which many employ at all distances up to and no doubt beyond marathon distance.

If you want to know what your total workout distance is, then measure your warm up and cool down. If you want to know how far you run then just start your tracker as you start running and remember to stop it when you stop running.

You say you have been trying to get faster, in which case, this FAQ post may help you healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Just relax and enjoy it.

Thank you, I've been trying to do "jeffing" once a week as part of my 3 or 4 runs. I haven't got much faster and still much slower than most. I'll re read the FAQ though, thanks.

Rennur profile image
RennurGraduate

Please do Parkrun. It is fantastic. If you have to walk a bit, don't sweat it. It is not just a running test it is a pretty safe social experience - and boy have we missed them recently!

OrkneyWillow profile image
OrkneyWillowGraduate

I always do a minimum of a 5 min warm up , and then start my running. So they are completely separate. The run is purely running. When I've achieved my distance or allotted time for running, I then do a cool down walk. But each 3 parts are separate. Keep up the good work. ๐Ÿ˜€

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TooOldForThis1Graduate in reply to OrkneyWillow

Thank you.

Well I did a 5k run! Set treadmill at 5.5km/h to walk, slightly slower than my usual and upped it to 6km/h for the run (my usual walking pace) it took 50 mins to slow jog for 5k but I actually did it! Thanks for all your replies, I didn't think I had it in me but, I did! ๐Ÿ™‚

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IannodaTruffeAdministrator in reply to TooOldForThis1

Your forum name really is a misnomer..........we had an 83 year old graduate a few years ago.

Believe in yourself, regardless of your age, gender, hair colour and ethnic origins..........they don't define you, but your actions do.

Go runner, go!!!

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TooOldForThis1Graduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Too be fair, I started because my asthma was horrendous, 12 months ago I couldn't climb the stairs without being out of breath. My meds are now being stepped down (twice so far) due to c25k, the fact I can control my breathing for 50 minutes is amazing. I've never been sporty and when I started I doubted I would get beyond wk 1. With help from this page and the support of my husband I've not only completed c25k but I've pushed on and today managed 5k. For all of this I am grateful and thankful ๐Ÿ™‚

OrkneyWillow profile image
OrkneyWillowGraduate in reply to TooOldForThis1

Well done. That's great news. ๐Ÿ‘

Well done

Kirst13 profile image
Kirst13Graduate

I don't stop to change strava from walk to run, but at this stage, I am getting to know that my 5minute walk is about 0.4k and I also know where those points are around my home, so I just take 0.8k/10minutes off my total distance to know how far I have actually run and leave the whole thing recorded as a run on strava.

Reggit profile image
ReggitGraduate

When I was doing C25k, my earlier weeks I set Strava going as I left the house, and stopped it as I returned.As the runs built up, I excluded the warmup/cool down walks. But, do what you want - youโ€™re the only one that matters.

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