I began two new training programs recently, and I’m pretty stoked about them because they are structured (yay!) and performance-based (double yay!) – check them out.
5K Training Plan
First, I’ve never done a 5K training plan. I mean, my first training plan was for a marathon. And secondly, I’ve been a 5K snob – I’ll admit it. I think the words “Why would I pay for a 5K when I can run that on a Tuesday morning…” have been uttered by me on more than one occasion. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and while I’d been running three times a week for a while, I was feeling…uninspired. So I decided to return to a very short race distance with a 6-week training plan.
Full disclosure, I thought it was a “Couch to 5K,” Then when I started to put the plan in my calendar, I realized it starts with a 7/1 interval base (7 minutes run, 1 min walk). So *not* really a couch starting point. But I’m in Week 3, and so far, so good. I like the simplicity of the plans, I like the structure, I like the little speed pushes, and I like feeling good when I run.
I work out at home, alone, in my living room. I’m motivated to train and enjoy it, but just like with running, I was banging around trying different things and decided May 1st was an excellent day to start with a 4-week training plan.
It’s a four-week intermediate-level progressive plan that means we’re lifting heavier weights, which I love. I just completed my first week, and there are ten workouts to complete that include warmups, the main workout, core, and a cool down.
Day 1 was a 20-minute test workout. It was short but I felt sore for a day longer than I thought I should have felt sore! I’ll repeat the test at the end of the four weeks, to see how I’ve improved.
These are the goals and programs that excite me. I know that many people focus on physical goals such as losing weight or inches or fitting into a specific size. There isn’t anything wrong with that. Looking and feeling your best is a great motivator!
But I’d like to throw in a plug for performance-based goals such as training to run a race, being able to do more pushups, or getting your heels down to the mat in a down dog. Once you start achieving those goals, getting faster, or stronger, your pant size or the number on the scale might not matter quite as much.
Now go run!