My Offline Challenge: Week 28

runningI learnt a valuable lesson last night. With my ball game scheduled for 9:30pm, I decided to run hills with the 10k clinic at 6:30pm. We run the 2k loop in High Park and then the steep Spring Road hill five times before running the 2k loop again and heading for home. I felt fine afterwards, but during the ball game my calve muscles kept tightening up. Leading off the game I hit a single up the middle and literally stumbled on my way to first because my calve muscle seized up and hurt like hell the rest of the game. Hills + baseball = bad idea.

The Terry Fox Run became a walk which meant last week was a lighter load than usual. Now I'm back on schedule, training for the Zoo 10k race on October 13.

Here are the runs I fit in over the past seven days:

  • Saturday - 10k run
  • Sunday - 4.5k Terry Fox Run
  • Wednesday - 5k run w/ 5 hills

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Chuck McDonald

Hi Mike,

What are your times in your 10 K training sessions ?

Do you have a time goal for the Zoo run ?

Please post some times...You are doing great..Keep it up...


September 23, 2007 @ 9:37 AM

Toronto Mike

I haven't been tracking times. I'm aiming for 45 minutes, but 50 minutes might be more realistic.

What's a good time for a 33 year old guy who's been running for six months?

September 23, 2007 @ 9:40 AM

Chuck McDonald


50 minutes is a very realistic goal. Try to aim for 5 mins a km. If you do this you will more than likely actually run 4:45-4:55/km.

I was 35 when I ran my 1st 10 K in 2004. My time was 49:09 after training for 7 months. But I was nowhere near the fitness level you are. Plus I am a heavy smoker.

My best time is 46:06 in the Mississauga 10K in May 2006. But I trained 4-5 days a week for 6 months for this run.

Don't get too caught up in times, just keep it fun.

September 23, 2007 @ 10:07 AM

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