Even though running is a cardio exercise, you are using different muscles and these muscles need time to adapt. If you add another day of running in the beginning, all may go well for awhile and but then you may burn out due to not giving those specific muscles the recofvery they need. It's your call.
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Sounds like you are doing good. I am just starting out so I can't help you there. I know one reason they want you to stick to plan is because you may feel soooo good about your accomplishments that runners often over do it and can cause injury but a slow steady pace/increase is what you want. Planned out like they have it set out. That way you don't just run to your hearts content one day because it's feeling good and your on a runners high and then find that you over did it and increase your risk for injury.
I completed Day 1 of Week 3 this morning and found that it was MUCH easier than I had expected...
I've been cycling a lot lately, increasing my distance as I feel I can manage it (if I'm on the highway, I'll see a turnaround point, if I'm feeling good I tell myself "oh, I can make it to the NEXT one"). Yesterday was my longest ride yet, 20.25 miles...other than a sore tush from the seat, I felt great!
Incorporating the other cardio activities has REALLY helped with my endurance for the 5K training. I know the plan for this week is to do only 3 days of the intervals, but I think I want to add a 4th interval, just because I have felt so good while running through them.
Is this terrible? I've read some other posts that encourage doing ONLY what is recommended in the plan and to incorporate alternative cardio activities...but if I'm feeling this good about it, is it alright to include an additional interval session or even taking them for longer than 30 minutes? I still have my road cycling and regular spin classes, so I'm working on building endurance too; but I would really like to add more of the intervals.
Never thought I would say this, but I am enjoying the intervals. I ALWAYS feel great after I finish the sessions. As the days go by, I'm becoming more confident that I WILL be able to complete a 5K by the end of the 8 week training.
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