Thank you Suezette! I can see what you mean about potentially burning yourself out. However, I already was in the habit of walking 40 minutes a day, so I was in the mood to ramp things up. Also, it was nice to imagine a "safety net" of cutting my workout to only 20 minutes to match the plan, in case I really got tired. But I made it the full 5K each time so far!
I did my Week 1 workouts on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. So far, so good. 4 minutes seems like a long recovery time for 1 minute of jogging. I am nervous about the jump in Week 2's plan but am excited about the possibility of doing the 5K in less than 50 minutes!
I did end up downloading a free interval-timer app for my phone, which has been a lifesaver.
I am interested in the intervals introduced in this program but am starting off with a 5K distance from the get-go.
I am terrible about self-discipline, so what I am doing is making it part of my commute to work. We have a workout facility with showers in my office building, so my plan is that on my off-day I pack and bring shower stuff, clothing, etc. so that on my running day, I only bring my keys, phone, and metro pass. There is a metro stop 3.1 miles from my office, so I just get off there (3 stops earlier than normal) and walk/jog until I get to work. My eventual goal is to jog all the way from home to work, which is 5 miles.
I am following the program's guidelines on intervals of jogging, it's just that the overall workout is longer. Just finished Week 1 Day 1 and it took me 50 minutes.
Has anyone else started off with a 5K distance from the beginning?
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