Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Virtual Summer 5k

A few days ago I was on twitter catching up on a few posts and I saw that someone had signed up for a virtual 5k run via Running, Loving, Living you could choose to do 5k or 10k or both and you could walk, jog or run. So I thought why not. Also the good part is there are prizes, everyone who takes part gets put into the draw for the super cool prizes. I did a few virtual 5ks a few years back and thought it would be good practise for the two 5k walks Im doing next month.

I planned to go out to a nice quiet, flat location to complete the 5k, but it was quite warm outside today so I decided I would face the treadmill!! For those of you who don't know, last month I was on the treadmill and fell off, and twisted my knee and back, and I haven't faced it since, so I wasn't overly keen on getting back on. I decided to keep it at a nice steady pace, no attempting to run like I did last time, so I stayed between 3 and 3.5 mph, the first mile was really easy, then I started to find it harder, what didn't help is the fact the sun started shining through the window on to me and the treadmill, but I wasn't going to get off to close the blinds, so I carried on. The last mile was the hardest and I thought I was never going to see the display say 3.11 - but it eventually did, and it felt so good to have done it.

Not sure if it was because I was in the sun or just I was working hard, but I don't think I've sweated so much in my life. Don't worry I drank a liter of water whilst on the treadmill and plan to go and drink some more now.

So my finishing time, which was a bit slower than I would have liked, but I do find I'm slower on the treadmill in general anyway was 59 mins and 57 seconds, so I just broke the hour :) This will now be my target to beat for the two 5k's next month.
Proof I ran 3.11 miles (5k) in 59 mins 57 secs
It was a hard, sweaty workout!

Thanks to Running, Loving, Living for hosting the challenge, and I'll let you all know if I win anything. Just a shame I don't have a medal to show for my efforts :(


  1. I'm always slower on the treadmill, too! What's up with that?! LOL WTG on finishing your 5k. I'll be doing mine at some point this weekend.

    1. Thanks, I find it hard walking on the treadmill, i think its because I'm walking in a straight line. When Im out walking in the street my husband is always saying I never walk in a straight line!!
      Good luck for our 5k at the weekend

  2. Great job Sarah! I'm glad that you are keeping hydrated.

    1. Thanks, hoping to beat that time (twice) next month for our two 5ks