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Beginning in earnest on my 5K Challenge

Thursday, January 31, 2013


I get to workout twice week beginning next week with my workout buddy! I got support from my daughter and her BFF (whose my grandson's Godmother); she will pick up my grandson twice a week so I can work out!

This was such a prayer answer; I gave God this 5K challenge wanting to get in better shape to be here for my loved ones and to race for charity. So happy I get to do this.

Any tips on conditioning to improve my stamina would help, I use to run but sprints only not endurance.
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  • SUE5007
    Start by running slowly. Seriously. What I thought was "jogging" was just too hard for me when it came time for jog for 4 minutes straight. Even though that first minute felt good and my steps/rhythm matched my breathing I couldn't maintain it. I had to slow way down. Remember you want to build endurance to go from 1 minute straight to 5 minutes (and more) straight so pick a speed that you can maintain. You will naturally get faster as you build endurance so don't worry about being "fast" or what your final time is.

    Your intensity/speed might vary from workout to workout. One day you may be especially tired, then out of the blue you might have extra energy you didn't know you had. So be flexible with your speed.

    If your feet hurt check your shoes. If they are tied too tight, then loosen them. They should be just tight enough to not come off. Your feet need room to flex so making them too tight can hurt your feel. And if they are worn out, get new ones. I keep track of the # of miles I go on my fitness tracker. It's kind of fun to know how far my shoes have taken me.

    If you need encouragement, or tips come back and blog or visit the message boards. We are here for you!
    1907 days ago
    I'm doing the Couch to 5K program....I love it! It's a slow conditioning type of training. If you haven't heard of it, look it up:)
    1907 days ago
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