Source You guys, I'm excited. You've nearly done it! Now, there are two approaches to take to this final week of training:
- If this 'final week' is the week right before your race, please omit one of the running days and give yourself an extra rest day (it can be an active rest day, where you do a yoga class or have a long walk).
- If this is just another week of training and your race is still a few weeks away, then try to commit to the whole week of training.
Source Wow! We're nearly there folks, so congrats for getting this far! There's just one more week left after this one and you'll be good to go for your 5K - how are you feeling? :) Because I know we're all crazy busy this holiday season, I'm not going to bore you with any preamble. You've been doing this for three weeks now, you know the drill - click here for Week 1, here for Week 2 and here for Week 3 plans. Let's get to it for Week 4!
Source Happy December! It's the start of Advent. The start of chocolate Advent calendars...you know, for those of us that still get those (*looks away sheepishly). Look, there's no harm in indulging during the holiday season. None whatsoever! And even less harm if you're countering it with some quality workouts. I also get that things get busy at this time of year, so it hopefully works well that, this week, not a single workout will be longer than half an hour (except for the yoga classes, but even then you can do an online yoga class and stop at the half-hour point if you're really time crunched!). Let's get right into Week 3 of your 5K running plan! (Click here for Week 1 and Week 2.)
Source I don't profess to be an expert at running. And one thing I've never been is a long-distance runner. When I say long-distance, I'm being a bit generous to myself. In truth, I'm not even a medium distance runner. I did a 10K back in April (yay for the Vancouver Sun Run!) and that was the longest I have ever run. 10Ks are my marathons :). I'm happy to do one every now and again but prefer to stick to 5Ks if I have the choice. I haven't been running much lately, as I injured my knee earlier this year and I have been advised by many doctors to avoid running and pursue other forms of exercise which are gentler on the body, so I tend to get my cardio from intense flow yoga classes or from incline walks on the treadmill or intervals on the gym's cardio machines rather than running.