So, as I strengthen my protesting legs over the next few weeks and wait for the doctor to give me the thumbs up to start really working out again, I’ll be planning my next move toward my December race. Many half-marathon training programs are three to four months long; therefore, I can definitely use June and July to get into 5K and then 10K shape.
My next step, then, is finding a good 5k training program, but this mama of two little ones has some strict requirements. First of all, I don’t want to dedicate more than three, maybe four days a week to training. Pre-baby, this would have been crazy talk for me, a DINK (dual-income-no-kids) professional woman whose hobby was basically being top-of-the-line fit and doing whatever the heck I wanted in my non-work hours. Now I don’t know the meaning of “non-work” hours!
Long-story short, I need a program that’s easy on the time commitment and won’t take more than four to five weeks. Because then, let’s face it, I’ll have to get moving onto training the next distance.
So, after some good old fashioned Internet surfing, I came up with these three abbreviated 5k training programs:
- The first one is from amateurendurance.com: http://www.amateurendurance.com/training-programs/article/5k-training-program-4-week/
This program takes four weeks and requires a four-day-a-week commitment. The longest training time is sixty minutes; the shortest is twenty.
- The second program I found on ChannelOne.com : http://www.channelone.com/pdf/2006/pdf_5k.pdf
This five-week program also requires a four-day commitment, but the longest workout is about forty minutes. The shortest is about ten (a one-mile run).
- The third program I found was put together for the Running the Waves Malibu 5k (does that not sound like fun?): http://www.elmes.info/malibu5K/training.pdf
This four week program was very specific and well planned out. However, it generally required a commitment of five days a week.
And the winner is…
I’m going for option two, the training schedule provided by ChannelOne.com. Not only will the circuit training help these lazy legs get toned and ready for some more strenuous running, but the time commitment is something this busy, overwhelmed mama can actually wrap her mind around!
This is a guest post by Megan Cox, an Oklahoma City-based novelist, writer and contributing blogger for HalfMarathons.Net. Learn more about Megan at her website.