I finally did it – I signed up for my FIRST 5K RACE! Let the training begin!
Don’t get me wrong, it was a long decision. After contemplating for a few months about whether or not I was ready to do it and take the plunge, I went for it. I have never run a race before but I am determined to give it a shot and see what I can do.
This should be a good motivator to get me in shape. I don’t wand to make a total fool of myself.
… But where do I start?
I have seen all these programs that talk about “Couch to 5K” and I was intrigued. My race is on March 28th in Philadelphia – it is called the Love Run (which I think is appropriate, considering it is about loving one another for who we are and that is something the world needs right now). Training is definitely not going to be easy. My body is not in shape to be running in a race. So, I need to do some conditioning in order to be ready and training is a key component to that.
I have done some research. I think I might have some sort of plan to go from FLAB to FAST in 10 weeks!
So below is my FLAB TO FAST – 10 WEEK 5K TRAINING
Something to note here are the different times and how the increase over time. Something else is that although most of the days and week are composed of walking/running exercises, there are two strength training days each week. Most people think of training for a marathon or race as the running component but you body functions as a well oiled machine and everything needs to be working properly to be successful.
- Strength training includes anything with resistance whether that is with weights (free or machines) or resistance bans. It could also be taking Pilates/yoga classes.
- Warm up your strength training with a 10 minute cardio workout – anything besides a treadmill – elliptical, bike, stair master. Doing only 10 minutes warms up your body before you do your strength training. My favorite is the bike and I do an intense mountain setting on the one at the gym.
- Rest days mean just that – REST! Some days, I will go out and walk during lunch for about 20-30 minutes to get moving (except not now since it is currently 10 degrees as I am writing this). But avoid the gym or anything that is considered exercise. You think you are helping your body but in reality, your body needs to rest and recover from all the hard work you have been doing all of the other days. Give you body that time to recover so it can be ready for the next day.
Stay updated on my progress with training for my 5K! Join me on my journey to a better me.