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May 4, 2010 6:12 PM Subscribe
5k in 5 weeks for the physically unfit?
posted by lizjohn to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
At the beginning of this year I got really motivated to get back in shape. I did the DailyBurn weight loss challenge (Came in ninth! Woo!). I started going back to the gym. I signed up for a 5k with ample time to complete the Couch to 5k program. Then I got very busy with school. Well, now the semester is winding down and I have five weeks until my 5k. My primary goal at this point is to able to run/jog without walking. Can anyone give any advice to ramp me up these next few weeks? Most plans I'm finding on google are all about increasing speed, or assume a basic level of running fitness.
More special snowflakeness: I'm still overweight but I'm fit enough to do most levels of cardio activity for long stretches. I'm 24, female, 5'3" with short legs and a naturally high heart rate. Running has always been difficult for me, even when I was skinny, in shape and 18. I'm willing to put a lot of effort into these next weeks. Diet, exercise, training with lions chasing me, you name it. Currently I can run about half a mile straight, but it kills me. On the other hand, I can ride my bike or hike for hours. Metafilter, train me! (please?)