My first 5K is scheduled for April 25. I have been following the Couch to 5K training program, and now I am up to week 6. In a move that I think will have several long term benefits, I have decided to re-start the training program, and follow it step by step. Here’s why -
- The 5K will be here in 10 weeks. The Couch to 5K training program takes 9 weeks. This means that I can follow the program, and it will have me ready to run the race, with a week between my final training session and the actual race.
- I have new shoes. When I started training, I was running in ill-fitting shoes. I think that this affected how I was running, and I missed a couple of days of training due to sore calves.
- I have developed a more sustainable training schedule, and I’ve actually budgeted the required three days a week for running. In the past, I was fitting in my training. Now, I’m working my life around my training. Big difference.
- Proper form. I now realize that I ran four or five weeks with really poor form. I’m interested in seeing just how I’ll do, now that I actually know (a little bit about) how to actually run.
- Nutrition. After taking a look back at my eating logs, I’m pretty sure that I have been eating, in an ironic twist, too few calories. I’ve done some research, and I think I am better prepared than I was when I began training.
- The treadmill at the gym is a liar and now I am training on the outside track. Let’s face it, I will not run the race on a treadmill, I’ll run it outdoors. It makes sense that I should train outdoors (if at all possible).
So, tomorrow morning, I’ll hit the track and do the Week 1 Day 1 routine. It will feel strange going all the way back to the beginning, but I REALLY want to start my running life out on the right foot (so to speak!).