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Lisa: Moms Training for a 5k

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Lisa: Moms Training for a 5k

As most of you know, I am training for my first 5k. Currently, I’m entering week 5 of training & still continue to struggle with finding consistent time for training. Here’s the catch…it’s really my fault- lol. Yes, I’m admitting that I’m the reason why finding time to train is so hard. And here’s why…

I’M TIRED!

Yep, it’s that simple, I’m just down right tired at the end of the day & exercising is sometimes the last thing on my mind.

Now that I’ve put that out there, I am also acknowledging that this isn’t a good excuse- lol. (yes, I know I’m digging a hole for myself!) I should get by butt outside & run…consistently! We will soon hear from a Special Guest Blogger who is a mom that makes running a priority because she knows she needs to set a positive example for her daughter…now this simple fact alone should trump me being too tired to get up & exercise!

My promise to you this week is to stick to my original running plan & overcome using my tiredness as an excuse! Only 4 weeks until my 5k!!!!! Wish me luck!

Here is the 5k training schedule for weeks 3-5 (click here to view week 1 & 2):

Week 3

“Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals.”

–Henry Ford

Wk Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Sat Sun

3

Run & Walk

Run 5 min

Walk 1 min

Repeat 5X

Walk

Walk easy 30 min

Run & Walk

Run 5 min

Walk 1 min

Repeat 5X

Walk

Walk easy 30 min

Run & Walk

Run6 min

Walk 1 min

Repeat 4X

Run 2 min

Run & Walk

Run 6 min

Walk 1 min

Repeat 4X

Run 2 min

Rest

Training tip:

Hold your arms comfortably at your sides while running, aiming for maximum relaxation. Bend them 90 degrees at the elbows, and move them forward and back at your waist. Bend your fingers into a relaxed grasp, and don’t let your hands sway back and forth across the middle of your torso.

Week 4

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

–Theodore Roosevelt

Wk Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Sat Sun

4

Run & Walk

Run 8 min

Walk 1 min

Repeat 3X

Run 3 min

Walk

Walk easy 30 min

Run & Walk

Run 9 min

Walk 1 min

Repeat 3X

Walk

Walk easy 30 min

Run & Walk

Run 10 min

Walk 1 min

Repeat 2X

Run 8 min

Run & Walk

Run 11 min

Walk 1 min

Repeat 2X

Run 6 min

Rest

Training tip:

In hot, sunny weather, wear sunscreen, sunglasses (to relax your facial muscles), and a visor or cap to keep the sun off your face. Expect to run slower in particularly hot, humid weather, and take more walking breaks as necessary. Run in the early morning or late evening if you can.

Week 5

“Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach.”

–Dr. George Sheehan

Wk Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Sat Sun

5

Run & Walk

Run 12 min

Walk 1 min

Repeat 2X

Run 4 min

Walk

Walk easy 30 min

Run & Walk

Run 13 min

Walk 1 min

Repeat 2X

Run 2 min

Walk

Walk easy 30 min

Run & Walk

Run 14 min

Walk 1 min

Repeat 2X

Run & Walk

Run 15 min

Walk 1 min

Run 14 min

Rest

Training tip:

On occasion, skip your running and walking workout and do a cross-training workout instead. Bike for 30 to 40 minutes, try the elliptical trainer in a gym, or join a circuit weight-training class. The break from running will refresh you, and you’ll learn new skills while developing new muscles.

Training schedule taken from The Runner’s World 8-Week Beginning Runner’s Training Program

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  1. cjncollins says:

    Keep it up – you are doing great and it’ll pay off. Short term pain, long term gain.

  2. Traveler says:

    I remember hearing this quote on one of the Biggest Loser episodes: “Get comfortable being uncomfortable!” I thought it was the greatest ever and wanted to share it with you. It seems like it fits just about everything that is challenging in life–including exercising!!!!! You are doing a great job!! Keep it up! Gooooo Leeeeesa!

  3. Training for a race is hard work especially when keeping up with the kids all day long! Keep going you can do it! I like the running tips. The one about keeping the arms at a 90 degree angle is a good one I need to remember!
    Thanks!

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