Running in April was pretty much nonexistent…I did a way-short 5K , a 20 minute run last Monday, a 5K time trial on Sunday, and a 2-miler yesterday. I’ve been wanting to follow a running plan for quite some time now, and since my IT band is seems to be doing well, I decided to find one to start this week.
Since I’m not trying to do distance, I took to Google and Pinterest to find a not-quite-beginner but not hard-core runner 5K plan to make my return to the sport I love so much.
I Pinterested and Googled my little heart out, and I found the plan!
The Women’s Running Magazine Get Fitter 5K Training Plan. It’s the perfect return to running after taking time off plan (it even says so in the description;). I plan on following this 12-week plan to a ‘T’, even after my tri training begins in mid-May.
With all of the stress/moving/crap going on prior to moving, I had to put the NROLFW on hold, which I will restart in May after I return from a trip to Boston. So for the next two weeks I’ll be doing some Pinterest-inspired cross training that is travel friendly. What I like about this running plan is that it includes cross-training days, so I don’t have to squeeze them in.
Since my goal this year is to get faster, I did a 5K time trial on Sunday to get a baseline 5K time. It was about what I expected: 28 minutes, 35 seconds. That’s one of my slower 5K times and plenty of room for improvement. I plan to do a 5K time trial once a month for the next few months so I can see my progress.
So it’s as simple as that folks, I’m starting my return to running. My goal race is still the Wicked 10K at sub-50 minutes. I know I have a long way to go, but with proper training and nutrition (and weight loss) I know I can do it!