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And I started my half marathon training in January. So if I had followed my plan 100% I would be able to run a 5K already.
But somewhere along the line, I stopped trying as hard. And I'm basically back to only being able to run for 1 mile at a time comfortably.
So this won't be a real couch to 5K, since I have still be running a couple of times a week most weeks, and since I can run 1 mile comfortably... but still. I am going to consider this a new starting point for my running.
Since I really want to run the entire 5K on June 22nd, I need to increase my distance from 1 mile to 3.1 miles in 5 weeks. Can it be done?
I say "YES."
Here is my entire "5 Weeks to 5K" plan:
- Three runs every week.
- One or two days of cross training, too.
- "Intervals" means that I will run the distance listed, then walk a quarter mile, and repeat if time allows.
- "Speed training run" means that I will run the longest distance of the week as fast as possible, trying to improve every week.
Week 1 (May 19-May 25)
run 1- 1 mile intervals (walk .25, run 1, repeat)
run 2- 1.25 mile intervals
run 3- 1.5 mile speed training run!
Week 2 (May 26-June 1)
run 1- 1.5 mile intervals
run 2- 1.75 mile intervals
run 3- 2 mile speed training run
Week 3 (June 2-June 8)
run 1- 2 mile intervals
run 2- 2.25 mile intervals
run 3- 2.5 mile speed training run
Week 4 (June 9-June 15)
run 1- 2.25 mile intervals
run 2- 2.5 mile intervals
run 3- 2.75 mile speed training run
Week 5 (June 16-June 22)
run 1- 2.75 miles!
run 2- 3 miles!
run 3- Day of the race! Run the entire 3.1 miles.
Phew. This seems like a lot of running.
And I also am taking a little test called the LSAT on June 10th. Oh yeah, I am starting summer Spanish classes on May 29th. So I'm hoping that my runs will be a good time to clear my head and to have some focused "me" time outside of all of the studying. Running is such a good way to feel better about myself.
And making this goal would feel so great! And give me another (way more fun) goal than acing the LSAT...
Have you ever trained for a 5K?
Did you follow the C25K program, write your own plan,
or wing it?