The challenge



With my friend Shafeeka during first Spar race I took part in



Ok so today my friend and colleague, Neo, challenged me to run the 5k Spar ladies race (May 7) and I think I’m taking her up on it. (oooh luck needed)
I’ve done the race before, three times actually, but I have never actually attempted running it, it has always been a lot of walking and chatting.
Neo (that is her real name, when we first met I thought she was just trying to be cool, hehe) thought it was about time we actually challenged ourselves (My friend Robyn has tried this approach with me before and it didn’t work , but because I really want to get in shape this time I’m going to try real hard not to whimp out like I did on the detox)
Anyway to get ready (occational squash is about it for my fitness routine and I don’t even play particularly well) we downloaded shape magazine’s  tips for learning to run 5km’s in 5 weeks and intend on starting on Monday (hey give me my last lazy weekend) , I included the schedule – wish me luck:

Each week will consist of four running sessions and three rest days, except in weeks one and two. WEEK ONE
Day one: 3 min walk, 1 min run, repeated 5 times
Day two: 3 min walk, 1 min run, repeated 6 times
Day three: 3 min walk, 2 min run, repeated 6 times
Day four: Rest

WEEK TWO
Day one: 2 min walk, 2 min run, repeated 8 times
Day two: 2 min walk, 5 min run, repeated 3 times
Day three: 1 min walk, 3 min run, repeated 6 times
Day four: Rest

WEEK THREE
Day one: 1 min walk, 4 min run, repeated 6 times
Day two: 3 min walk, 10 min run, repeated twice
Day three: 1 min walk, 5 min run, repeated 5 times
Day four: 3 min walk, 10 min run, repeated twice

WEEK FOUR
Day one: 1 min walk, 8 min run, repeated three times
Day two: 2 min walk, 10 min run repeated three times
Day three: 1 min walk, 10 min run, repeated three times
Day four: 20 min run, 3 min walk, 8 min run

WEEK FIVE
Day one: 15 min run, 2 min walk, 15 min run
Day two: 1 min walk, 10 min run, repeated three times
Day three: 20 min run
Day four: 30 min run (5km)

2 thoughts on “The challenge

  1. Jennifer M. says:

    Best of luck! I recently challenged myself to train for a 5K. So far, I've done 1/4 of one workout. Lol. I'm so out of shape!! I haven't gotten up the motivation to do another workout. Sigh… maybe I should readjust my goal to do a mile walk? That I could probably muster up the energy for. 😉

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