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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I've written a few times that I'd like to run 5 miles on my 40th birthday - Aug 27th. After running races the past couple of weekends I thought it wasn't going to happen. Bonnie thought all I needed was a training schedule - I thought she was crazy.

I googled 5 mile training programs and found one right away. I don't remember the site (I copied the chart into Word) but it was a Novice to 8K, 8 week program. What I like about it - running only 3 days a week, cross training 2. Days scheduled off - Monday and Friday (who wouldn't like that!). I'm only doing 2 miles for T, H for about 3 weeks. Heck, on Thursdays I never go above 2 miles and Tuesdays never above 3.

I thought about it and realized I would have run the same distance every day - trying for 3 miles from the get go and then adding some on maybe once a week until I hit 5. While I know that for marathons long runs come once a week, I would have not worked as well as this plan lays out.

We'll see where it goes. I think I found a 2 mile route with a lot of side streets that should be relatively flat. I need to do the Spark Map My Route one more time because when I was driving by the one street today, I'm not sure it connects like I had thought. Good thing about where I live - a lot of parallel streets so if one doesn't work - the next one probably does.

This is the first time I've had a plan in this journey. Planning is not something I really enjoy - maybe it's commitment issues :) Let's hope it gets me to where I want to go.
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    Hey! Great goal! Great plan! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2789 days ago
    I love your plan. I wish you lots of success!
    2793 days ago
    Wonderful. I'm sure you're going to do great with this. This plan sounds perfectly reasonable and manageable. Good luck training. If you're able to run 2-3 miles now, I have every confidence that you'll be able to run 5 miles by the end of August. Concentrate on a slower, maintainable pace and perhaps consider jazzing up your music to keep you motivated (I won't lie, when I'm running I need the most craptastic music out there to keep me pushing forward--but me and Britney Spears can kick it out for MILES more than I can do alone!).


    I believe in you! You can do this!!
    2794 days ago
  • IONA72
    Good luck I'm sure your plan will pay off, keep us all updated!
    2796 days ago
    That sounds great - you can definitely do it!
    2797 days ago
    Now, THAT is a concrete plan!!!

    I'm so sad that I can't run outside because of the heat & humidity:(

    You'll have to run for me too!!!
    2797 days ago
    It sounds like a great plan. Two days a week to rest is a good thing!

    2797 days ago
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