I signed up for a 5K class! Those of you that have been reading know that I did Couch to 5K already, but I mostly did it alone and mostly on the treadmill. I’m able to finish a 5k…but my times get worse #1 when I go outside and #2 now that its cold. The two 5Ks I just did were both over 40 minutes, mostly because of me not being used to being outside, especially in winter.
I signed up for a 5K training class that is put on by The Running Room. They are all over the US and Canada, so perhaps you have heard of them! I’m going to a class in the uptown location right by me in Minneapolis, MN.
During the class we get a mini seminar first at 10am on Saturday mornings, about different running topics like shoes, clothes, pacing, hearing from an expert, etc. Then, we do our interval run. We need to do two runs every week on our own as well so we can be prepared for the intervals.
I loved being surrounded by a group of runners with the same goal as me…finishing a 5K well! Everyone in the group already knows how to run “or else they would have taken the ‘Learn to Run’ class.” They are also all interested in conditioning for outdoor winter running. Heck, if I get the winter running down, summer will be easy!
My next race is actually a 7K on St. Patricks Day, March 17th. But, I know if I work hard at this class, adding another 2K (about a mile and a half) will be fine. Plus, as I’m doing this training the weather should be getting better (as we get into March) AND I will be losing weight with Slimgenics (will talk about more in my next post). So, running should be getting easier for multiple reasons…breathing outside, getting oxygen pumped around my shrinking body, and increasing intervals. I’m so excited for this!
In our first class we walked out the door of The Running Room and down to Lake of the Isles, we did 5 min run/1 min walk, 4 intervals, turned around in the middle. We’ll keep using Lake of the Isles for awhile, so at least we’ll get used to the terrain. The path had a few icy patches, so we’re getting our footing with that as well. This week our “homework” is to do 7 min run/1 min walk…at any pace we want. I will do my best to keep up with the group’s pace, which was about 13 min/mile for the running…I’ll be trying to do those outside, but if I can’t…I’ll definitely be on the treadmill. But at least every Saturday I’ll be outside running at the lake with my class.
Thought I’d give you guys an update! If you are interested in learning more about the class check out The Running Room!
**Oh, just thought I”d mention the Running Room doesn’t know I’m writing about them and they haven’t encouraged me to write about them or compensated me in any way**