Today, I had a conversation with a relative, who I know likes to run, and I asked her how long it took her to run her most recent 5K. She said that she finished in less than twenty-six minutes. Impressed, but a little depressed, I couldn’t help but compare her time to my time goal of forty minutes. When I mentioned this, she asked if I had been running outdoors, on the track, or indoors on the treadmill. When I replied that I had been training, exclusively, on the treadmill, she suggested that I hit the track, and then determine what to expect from my first 5K.
Man, I’m glad I had that conversation.
I’ve just returned from the track, and I’m proud to say, I can now run a mile in less than 10 minutes!
Compare that to the 13 minutes that the treadmill says it takes for me to run a mile.
The treadmill has been lying to me!
So, my new time goal for the 5K will be 33 minutes – about 11 minutes per mile.
Monday, as I begin week 5 of my training, I think I’ll skip the gym and hit the track.