My Personal Challenge

I hereby declare that I will run  the St. Andrew Wildcat 5K race in September.

Yes.  You read that right.  I am going to start running.  My doctor tells me that it is the most efficient form of exercise, the biggest return for your effort.  I am going today to be fitted for proper running shoes as Dr. Y. recommended.  I have conferred with a friend who is a hardcore marathon runner for advice on how to prepare.  Because I haven’t done any serious running since my military days a quarter century ago, she is starting me S..L..O..W..L..Y.  Over the next eight weeks, I am going to work up to running for 30 minutes at a stretch. Here’s the program:

Week One, 4 days: Walk for 6 minutes, then jog at an easy pace for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times.

Week two, 4 days: Walk for 5 minutes, then jog for 2 minutes. Repeat 3 times.
Week three, 4 days: Walk for 3 minutes, then jog for 4 minutes. Repeat 3 times.
Week four, 4 days: Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 5 minutes. Repeat 3 times.
Week five, 4 days: Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 8 minutes. Repeat 3 times.
Week six, 4 days: Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 9 minutes. Repeat 3 times.
Week seven, 4 days: Walk for 1 minute, then jog for 11 minutes. Repeat 3 times.
Week eight: For the first run this week, try walking for 5 minutes to begin and end the workout, and run for 20 minutes in between. By the end of the week, try to run for 30 minutes without stopping.

Once I make it through these eight weeks, we’ll start training for the 5K.  Go Me!

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