I can understand your concern that the training program (with intervals of walk 1 min, run 4 minutes in the last week) might not fully prepare you for running the full 3.1 miles. I have a couple of thoughts for you:
#1: If you would like to be running the entire 5k, you might want to take a look at the official Couch to 5k program found here:
It's closest to the class that I took in 2009, and you can find podcasts that you can download for free online that will help you with those intervals. And yes, walking/jogging intervals really do prepare you for the race. I remember thinking the same thing when I took the class, "Wow, am I really going to be ready?" But once the race arrived, I really was. In fact, our class ran the full 5k race course as our last session together.
#2: Committing to a 5k doesn't necessarily mean running the full 3.1 miles straight - no one says that that's required. In fact, during some of my previous training runs, I found that I could go a longer distance in quicker time if I gave myself walking intervals to recover instead of tiring myself out.
Hey Gina, I miss you too! It's been too long and unfortunately it will be a little longer....I'm traveling for work on the 9th, so I'll miss girls' night. Bummer!
It sounds like things have been going well for you and you've got some real consistency going! I'm sure you'll see improvements in your BF% this week. The scale certainly doesn't tell the full story. Plus, you've already noticed your clothes are fitting differently.
I just picked up a book called The New Rules of Lifting for Women and I'm going to give the program a try. I feel like I've been ADD with my workouts, so following an actual program should help!
Keep up all the great work! Hope to see you sometime soon! 2006 days ago