I love to run, but I’m a terrible runner. I push too fast and don’t stretch and get burnt out easily. I’ve also reached a point in my life where the extra weight is making everything in my life harder. I’ve tried getting in shape before, but I refuse to diet and can’t seem to stick with an exercise plan. So what’s a girl to do?
I picked up a book at Target earlier this week that offers a 12 week plan for running. It’s a combination fitness plan and fitness journal that focuses on getting a novice runner into shape. If you follow the plan, you should be able to run 5K by the end of the 12 weeks. It’s exactly what I need. I need regimentation and a schedule. I need to know what exercises to do when I’m not doing cardio, and I need everything to be gradual. For $9.99, it seems like a perfect fit!
But not so fast. I also know myself and without a REAL tangible goal, I’m going to find excuses to beg off a workout. So, I registered for two 5K races, both in November. The timing is perfect. I will finish my 12 weeks in mid-October, giving me 2-3 weeks of just running 5K distances as training.
To increase accountability, I am going to blog each day of the program, and the days leading up to the races. Hopefully this 5K novice will get to better health and fitness and a fun race!