Three Weeks Completed

I’m about to wrap up week three of my nine week 5k plan. I’ll be heading into the fourth week where it looks like running ramps up a bit. Well, challenged accepted, 5k plan! I’m looking forward to week four.  

 I think this is a good point to look back and see how my running plan is going now that I’m a third of the way into it.

 The plan calls for a 20 minute workout, three times a week. I’ve consistently done a 30 minute workout, four times a week. Occasionally, I will run a little bit more than the plan requires just for kicks. And well, to see if I can do it.

 Right off the bat, a few significant changes that I’ve noticed is my endurance. I’m finding the runs are going a little bit easier each time even though I’m continually increasing my speed slighty at each run.  I dropped a few pounds and can run for longer periods of time. Double score. 

 Somewhere along the way I figured out that running after dinner = a bad idea. I noticed that it would take me a lot longer to get into the workout after stuffing my face.  I decided to eat a somewhat bigger meal at lunch and maybe a snack at night. Running goes a lot easier this way.   I also think curbing dinner has attributed a lot to the weight loss – but I’m hoping that running is helping me in that department, too. 

 Every so often I get a little discouraged with how long of a process it feels like to get to a 5k running ability .  In a perfect world, I would say, “Hey, I wanna run a 5k, let’s go!” but I just don’t have that natural athletic ability or stamina.  Let’s face it, I’m out of shape. I have my work cut out for me.  I need to actually train for it and sometimes using the 9 week approach makes me feel like I’m never going to get there and that makes me cranky.

 Sometimes I need to go back and re-read this part of the running plan:

 “It’s easy to get impatient, and you may feel tempted to skip ahead in the program, but hold yourself back. Don’t try to do more, even if you feel you can”.

 I know going at this speed/pace is helping me not to injure my knee again. That’s an important 2012 goal and so far my knee is feeling pretty good!

 I love posting my runs to my Facebook wall. It helps me keep track of my runs, but also the encouragement and the “likes” I get helps me to stay motivated. 

Another good motivator is possibly doing a race in February with Kim. Nothing is set in stone, but the thought of doing a race gets me moving!

Speaking of Kim, have you checked out her lastest giveaway?  I almost hate to link up to her page because I WANNA WIN IT!

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7 thoughts on “Three Weeks Completed

  1. kilax says:

    You are really kicking the plan’s butt. It says, “Hey Gina, how about we run 20 mins 3x a week then go eat a stack of bagels?” You’re like, “No WAY! 30 mins 4x a week and a light dinner! Boo yah!!!”

    Keep taking it easy. 6 weeks will be over before you know it. Just think about it. 6 weeks from now is Jan. 30th! A full three weeks before we (hopefully!!!) come to visit! That’s three weeks of uncharted territory! It’s best to take it nice and slow… 🙂

    Can’t wait for our relay! We should get matching outfits. FTW. We should make Greg wear a tutu or something.

  2. Courtney says:

    Go Gina Go!!! Between you and Kim, you both have inspired me!! I am so proud of you!!! AND your post gives me hope that my runs will get easier and my endurance will build also!!! Two paws up for the increased endurance, adding an extra day in to your workout, losing weight, and encouraging me!!! You rock!!
    =^.^=

  3. Gina says:

    Courtney, believe you me, knowing that are running the program keeps me inspired, too!

  4. Steve (The Husband) says:

    You are moving right along and doing great! Keep it up and stay focused during this tough holiday season. Cookie, running, cookie, running : )

    Look forward to cheering you on in the next race.

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