Weekly 5K runs

Daylight saving time started in New Zealand last Sunday (29/September) which means, I can no longer wait to run. It is now time to lace-up and run a 5K every weekend.

And that’s what I did last Saturday: I ran a 5K with a bit of nudging from my eight-year-old who also wanted to run and joined me. Like every year, I intend to run a 5K most of the weekends until come March / April when days start getting shorter.

Last Saturday’s run felt effortless overall. We stopped a few times to catch up with our breath. Son was understandably gasping, but I felt okay overall. At no point during the run I felt like I was dying. I will assess after a few more runs — I want to be able to run 5K non-stop in sub 30 minutes — and if I am not huffing and puffing enough, I will add up another kilo-metre or two.

This year I am going to leave the phone at home when I go for runs. In the past, I carried my phone to log the stats and map of my runs. But carrying a phone is clumsy and I want to stay away from my phone at least for the little time I am running. Until I am able to justify a Garmin Forerunner by actually running without it, I want to base the effectiveness of my runs on how I feel and the time elapsed between leaving and returning to my front door.

Wish me good luck!

First 5k of 2017

I finally ran the first 5k of this season! I intend to run a 5k every weekend for rest of the spring and summer. I ran about twenty-five 5ks in 2015. But I did not run much in 2016. This year I try to do better again.

My running goal is modest: I just try to run a 5k each weekend. I start running around this time in October when days start getting longer and weather warmer. I stop running around March when days start getting shorter and wetter.

I can probably run a marathon or even a half of it if I train myself. But I find it hard to make time to train for such lofty goals. There are always other things to do. And I am more of a habits person than goals person. I don’t think I can run marathons habitually! So I settle for a 5k. As much as possible, I try to run non-stop and finish within twenty something minutes. That’s as ambitious as my running gets.

Here’s the FitBit map of my last weekend’s run:

First 5k of 2017