5K prep! Consider it!

If you had asked me 1 year ago about the prospect of running, I may very well have laughed. Yep, I was one of those (perhaps like many of you) who, while fit, had come to the conclusion that “I was not a runner”. I did not like it, couldn’t see the point, and made every excuse to avoid it. Don’t get me wrong…I had given it a fair shot. At many times in my life I had picked up the sport. Starting slow, barely making it through the first mile, but eventually picking up my distance. The problem was that every time I started running I would kill myself, thinking the only way to make it count was to make it hurt. That is in fact what usually happened. I would try to do too much too soon and would end up with an injury.

Then, on one of my more optimistic running days, I decided to join an intro to running program at The Club on Rouse with our very own Shayla Swanson. The program was very straight forward. Complete a total of 3 runs per week, using the following walk/run pattern:

Week 1: Run for 1 minutes, walk for 5, repeat 5 times. Really, that’s it? Piece of cake!

Week 2: Run for 2 minutes, walk for 5, repeat 5 times. No problem!

Week 3: Run for 3 minutes walk for 4, repeat 5 times. More challenging, but very manageable.

Week 4: Run for 4 minutes, walk for 4, repeat 5 times. What’s 1 more minute of running?

Week 5: Run for 5 minutes, walk for 4, repeat 5 times. More running than walking- not so bad!

Week 6: Run for 5 minutes, walk for 3, repeat 5 times. Is this getting easier?

Week 7: Run for 6 minutes, walk for 3, repeat 5 times. Strong and steady!

Week 8: Run for 7 minutes, walk for 2, repeat 5 times. Last run before the 5K.

Register for your first 5K!

The slow progression of run versus walk time prevents injury and lets you enjoy yourself.

You feel success at every level rather than feeling like you can’t do it! I have officially crossed over to the their side…I love RUNNING!

I know you might not believe me now, but give it 8 weeks and you will love it too!