Today in the gym I had an aim – I had to run 5k faster than 33 minutes and 43 seconds. Why that time specifically? Because according to a report by Running USA that’s how long it takes the average woman to run 5k – and, as you can tell by the name of this blog, we don’t like being normal or average over here at NYNHB towers.
Now some of you might look at this and laugh at the concept of taking more than 30 minutes to run 5k – 3 miles – that’s over 10 minutes a mile, you sneer. I don’t like you people! I haven’t run a timed 5k for ages, and I certainly haven’t run at speed for more than 6 minutes for as long as I can remember. In fact, the annoying voice that pipes up when I’m out running tells me my current ‘dragging myself round the block pace’ is about 12 minutes a mile. I know I can do faster, but I think I’d be struggling to break a 10 minute mile for 3 miles – in fact, I might be a small snivelling heap by the side of the treadmill if I try. So I’m guessing my time will be somewhere between 30 and 34 minutes – but where, I have no clue.
Best running playlist cued I get started. I had a plan – despite the fact that to hit time I need to just hit a 10 minute 53 second mile, which meant a steady 9.2kph, the idea of remaining on a treadmill running at that pace for over 30 minutes filled me with more horror that just getting on there and blatting it – and so I was going to run 1km at 9.5kph, one at 9.7kph, one at 10kph and then see what happened by cranking it up for the next two km, This, in theory, should see me beat the average time.
So, what happened…..
Well for starters my plan went to poop. I was running in a gym in the US so the speed was in miles and while I know 10kph is 6mph, other than that I’m a bit fuzzy. Said machine though did have 400m running track graphic – so, I started at 5.8mph and just did each lap at the speed I fancied ranging between 5.8 to 6.5. And I did it in 30.12 – which was very exciting.
Did I enjoy it – erm, well it was more interesting than telling myself that I was just going to run for 30 minutes on a treadmill, but I would have preferred to run for that long outside – but then I just plod along at pootle pace looking at the trees and the birds and so, sometimes I have to hit the treadmill. It’s a long way off from when I used to run it in 27.30 though! That’ll be what happens when you don’t go to running club anymore. Hmm, maybe it’s time to go back to Park Run.
Let me know what happens if you try it. What other games keep you on the treadmill?