When I started this blog my aim was to run a 5k, at a local parkrun. You can see how I documented my progress starting here, and ending here. I then wrote a blog post giving tips and resources that had helped me here.
Now, it’s time to move on to a new goal. I’m going to aim for a sub 25 minute 5k!
Why sub 25 minutes? Well my first parkrun was ran in just over 30 minutes, and shaving 5 minutes off that time again seems achievable, but not easy enough to be underwhelming (parkrun is a large collection of runs taking place in a wide variety of parks every Saturday morning. find your local run here.)
So in this series of posts I’m going to search out the best advice on how to improve my time, set out a much more detailed plan (than run 2.5k the week before from before, which was my only real plan for the original 5k), and document what I learn and how I do. Again, hopefully anyone anxious about exercise with type 1 will see my progress from basically 0 this September (2018) and think to themselves that ‘if he can do it, so can I!
While you can NEVER get too complacent with this bloody nuisance of a condition, I feel like I’ve managed to get the mental side of things under control (for now) and will start learning and talking more about the technical side of things. And there is a lot to learn! While all my runs before have been slow plods so far, with the aim to go a certain distance at all costs , I know I’m now going to have to figure out intervals, tempo runs and much more besides.
The Power Of Social Media
While thinking about my goal, there seemed two obvious ways to go, either increase my distance or try and run quicker.
While I was always leaning towards attempting to run quicker I had some apprehension about how realistic that was (I’ve never been the quickest!) However, 2 bloggers who also run with type 1 diabetes sharing the following tweets has helped convince me it’s possible (following discussion of the tips article here):
Going for the 10K by end of Nov for charity run but then quicker 5K is also the focus. Was almost at sub 20min 5K pre-Dx and then found myself back at 27min when I eventually got back running post-Dx… almost back to my old times now though. Good luck with the quicker 5K! 👍
— TheScientificDiabetic 🔬 🇮🇪 (@TheScientificD1) November 7, 2018
Keep at it buddy, my first ever Parkrun was 32 minutes, this weekend I just done my fastest of 2018 at 22.31 #t1drunswithme
— Type1Bri (@type1bri) November 7, 2018
So thanks to:
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