Couch to 5K abbreviated
May 3, 2012 12:08 PM Subscribe
How to best prep for a 5K when I don't have time to complete Couch to 5K...
posted by DoubleLune to health & fitness (17 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm running a 5K on June 17, so I won't be able to complete the Couch to 5K program. I started it but then finals got in the way (I only did the first 2 sessions of week 1). Now that finals are over, I'm planning on starting this up again (my first run will be tomorrow).
1) Since I don't have time to complete couch to 5K, where's the best place to skip a few steps? Should I do it at the beginning, and train on a slightly steeper gradient? Or just do follow the full steps and not quite finish it before the 5K?
2) I'm in moderate shape and a little overweight, and know I can't run a 5K right now (though I could walk it lol). Actually, I might be able to manage it at a light jog. But I'm also doing this to lose weight and get in shape, so what's the best advice for that?
3) I work at a strenuous job in the food and bev industry, and my schedule is quite variable, but it is getting pretty intense right now and will be so through June. I often get so exhausted that I don't feel up to exercising the day after work. How can I motivate myself to do so anyway? Part of this is that I worry I'm overextending myself or that I'll be completely exhausted at my next work shift. I figure some of this will be abated with the semester being over and being able to get better sleep and nutrition, but is there anything I'm overlooking here, or that could help?