Guest Post: My 6 Minute Kilometer (That’s a 10 Minute Mile, American Friends)

I did it.

I did it, I did it, I DID it, I. DID. IT.

I started running when I was 35. I did a “Couch to 5K” program. . .about 4 times before I ever ran a full 5k. While paying attention to that running schedule that later morphed into a running app, I was introduced to the idea that one should be able to run 5 kilometers in 30 minutes. Needless to say, my previous unfit-ish self did not complete 5k in 30 minutes. I was happy that it took me 39 minutes.

I have done exactly 15 minutes of internet research trying to find out why this is some sort of magic number. Here is a link suggesting running speed as a predictor of heart health. The rest of my 15 minutes unearthed only assumptions, how to achieve it and a couple of “please to back off holding all us older folks to a younger standard” articles.

Regardless of why, it is certainly a nice round milestone and I think I shall celebrate it.

One of the really interesting things about the accomplishment is I didn’t try to get there. It just happened.

I won’t say that I wasn’t trying to go faster, that would be lying. However, I didn’t set a goal, make a plan, get pissed off for not following the plan, fail at the goal, stop running, feel guilty and try again. . .my previous pattern. I just ran. I ran as much as I could. I tried to vary the distances based on time and inclination. I was also cross training with the bike and getting care from an awesome Osteopath. I’m not sure what made the difference but I do know that suddenly this fall, every run was 5 or 10 seconds faster on the kilometer than the last.

So, HOORAY! I feel very fast now. I may get faster. I may not. That all depends on what my knees have to say about all this speed. But for now, I’m enjoying it very much.

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About Susan Tarshis

I am a full time Psychotherapist practicing in Milton, Ontario. From time to time, I post thoughts about my practice and the human condition to my own blog but mostly, I'm a regular contributor to my friends' blog (Fit is a Feminist Issue). . .because that's more fun.

7 thoughts on “Guest Post: My 6 Minute Kilometer (That’s a 10 Minute Mile, American Friends)

  1. catherine womack says:

    That’s great! And I like your plan- just do the movement, not worrying about how fast, how long, how hard. This just goes to show that there are many roads to fitness and satisfaction and personal success; this is a message I’m glad to hear.

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  2. directorb says:

    Good work! Love the progress you’ve made. Kick some butt in 2016!

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  3. Tracy I says:

    That’s amazing. I too would like to get there and am working on it as an ongoing goal. Congrats and thanks for telling us about your success!

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  4. Liz says:

    Yay – go you!!! Celebrate this achievement! You are kicking ass. I am inspired by your sense of celebration and genuine happiness at your achievement and reading this post has cheered me up and made me realise I should celebrate what I have achieved in running this week, not beat myself up over what I haven’t. Thank you.

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  5. merissajli says:

    That’s amazing!! Inspires me to run for improvement as well as enjoyment. Great job, proud of you (even though I don’t know you)! 🙂

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