I've completed 4 weeks of training for my first 5K of 2013. Although this isn't my first 5K ever, I've been following this training plan in an effort to avoid injury as I re-enter the great world of running. Unfortunately, I've only been able to run three times a week. I would love to be able to cross and/or weight train but that would require purchasing gym equipment (and finding space for it). I just don't have time to go to the gym right now. During the week, I wouldn't even be able to get there until 8:30 at night. Maybe this makes me sound lazy but I really just enjoy any sleep/rest I can get.
Here's my mileage thus far:
Week 1: 1.5 miles + 1.5 miles + 1.5 miles = 4.5 miles
Week 2: 1.75 miles + 1.5 miles + 1.75 miles = 5 miles
Week 3: 2 miles + 1.5 miles + 2 miles = 5.5 miles
Week 4: 2.25 miles + 1.5 miles + 2.25 miles = 6 miles
I haven't had any issues with my right knee aside from some random pulling here and there. My left knee area, however, began flaring up last week. It doesn't bother me when I'm running or right after. The next day is when I have problems and then it's gone. I ran on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning after I arrived at work, my knee stiffened up. I don't even think it's my knee - I think it's a tendon on the side. Anyway, it was much better this morning and now it's almost 100% back to normal. I think I'll give myself an extra rest day and then start back up.
My 5K is in a month so while I think I'll be able to complete the 3.1 miles without issue, I don't know how fast (or slow) I'll be. I've been running 10-11 minute miles and I don't see that changing much in the next month. I always forgot how difficult/slow it is to start back up again. This time, I don't plan on having to do it again!
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