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Warning - treadmill related




A little background on me, I rarely post.

About 15 years ago I did 0 exercise.  I was in my early 40s and weighed about 250.

Then I slowly started eating a little better and adding in light exercise. 

About 12 years ago I bought a hybrid, and on the maiden voyage, likely a whopping 2 miles, I thought I was going to die.

Fast forward to about 5 years ago, I was at about 175, and running my first Mt Washington Hill run, I've done it a total of 4 times, and I use the word run, very liberally.  I've also ridden it once.  

I bought a real road bike in 2012 and recently bought my dream bike.  A 2021 Trek Madone, a bit more aggressive than I thought I could ride, but a great bike.


Sadly since those days when I went down to 175, I've crept back to 210 (in the pic above - me on the left).

I run about 500 miles a year.  In January I got my NordicTrack treadmill.  The treadmill is great, the iFit software and the 32 inch monitor are amazing.  At 57 I find I prefer the cushion of the base of the treadmill over the road.

So, where is all this going?  I ran one timed 5k once.  I road my bike about 15 miles to get to it, changed in the bathroom, and was determined to do it in less than 30 minutes.  I did.  Today I started a program on the treadmill from Runners World, 8 weeks to a 5k in under 25 minutes.  I've done over 50 runs on the treadmill, all have been amazing programs.  This one leaves a lot to be desired.  Most have a trainer talking you through it, great scenery as you run in fun places across the planet.  This one is just a manual workout.  A little disappointing.

I know for a lot of you, a 25 minute 5k is more like a cool down run, for me, that would be really fast, especially at my current weight.  Let's see what the next 8 weeks brings.  I'll post an occasional update.

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Well a 25 minute 5k is a dream of mine. Very much within the realm of possibility, but still more than a minute faster than I've ever done. Go for it!  

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Goals are perfect to focusing your efforts, even in the face of a lame treadmill training program. If you remember, I binged Vikings the last time I had extended hamster wheel time. It helped most of the time.

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I feel a bit like your twin. I bought a Trek Domane last year after someone ran in to me on my old Trek. I bought a used NordicTrack 1750 from someone at the start of Covid. I don't use iFit much for running but the TM allowed me to train all winter long through the snow and ice.

Good luck with the sub 25:00!

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New plan.  The Runner's World was awful.  I love my treadmill for the iFit.

Monday I did a run, first in a series, for becoming competitive in a 5k.  Lots of warnings for the first 10 minutes that this is not for beginners.  While I'm not fast, I think I qualify as above a beginner.

It's a 7 week series.  Run 1 was in a Costa Rican jungle.  This is much more what I had in mind, still hard, but beautiful scenery.

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