Over the next 12 weeks, I will be writing a weekly column as I train for the Thunder Road 5K on Nov. 16, 2013.
To be honest, I am not a runner. I am actually in terrible shape and hoping that the obligation of this column will help me get in shape as well as inspire others.
I’m starting from the bottom. My body is full of fast food and too much coffee. My joints and muscles are weak. My breath is short and shallow.
I have done research and put together a training plan that suits my body and the level of physical activity I believe I can achieve. I am by no means an expert in fitness or dieting and should not be taken as such. I am simply a student trying to find fitness.
My training plan consists of a variety of workouts explained below.
I am working up to running five days a week. Some runs say to run for a certain amount of time while others give distances.
The ones associated with time are to get used to running for an extended period of time. On these runs, distance doesn’t matter as long as I work out for the specified amount of time. My fiancé wants to work out and help me with things like hills and sprints; those workouts will happen on these days.
Distance runs are to make sure that when race day comes, I will know what running three miles feels like. Also, seeing my times will help me know if I am improving, which is a huge motivator for me.
Both runs increase a small amount every two weeks so I push myself but don’t burn out too quickly.
Strength training will consist mostly of core and upper body work with a little bit of leg work mixed in. Not only am I training for a race, but I am also trying to get in shape and improve my health.
I have a set of five pound dumbbells for a variety of strength training exercises. I will also be doing ab work, as that is crucial to running.
I have certain days blocked out to just do a certain amount of yoga. This is not to say these are the only days I will be doing yoga.
I will also do at least 10 minutes after my runs to cool down and stretch out my muscles.
The specified yoga days are simply to make sure that I get enough stretching in, as my need for it will increase as my level of activity increases.
The days I am only doing yoga will be more intense sessions, such as flow or toning sessions, than those after my runs. I will use them as a way to keep myself moving while giving my body time to recover from the runs.
I will be using the YOGAmazing video podcast, available for free download on iTunes or on YouTube, some routines I have crafted myself and maybe even the classes offered by the university.
The column will be updated every Thursday on nineronline.com.
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