Running Addendum

I think I need to be even more specific about my running goal in The Hot 100 challenge. It seems that just saying that I want to work my way up to being able to run 5 miles without having to walk isn’t enough. I need something more concrete – a plan of action to get me up to that.

I’m really good at following a schedule, whether it was made by someone else or myself. If I know I have to do something, I’ll do it. On the other hand, if I wait and play it by ear, it’s likely that it won’t happen at all.

Since I know this about myself, I’ve come up with a more specific plan of action for this running goal. And it goes a little something like this:

I will run a minimum of 10 miles per week through the end of the year.

At this point, that means I’ll have to go out at least 3 times, each time running over three miles. In a week or two, I going to lower two of those runs a tad, and raise the third. So two shorter runs and one long run. Ideally, this will prevent me from burning myself out during the week and allow me to work up to that 5-mile mark on the weekend.

As I progress, of course, I’ll increase this. But for now, 10 miles per week for me would be a huge accomplishment. I’d love that.

Incidentally, I ran earlier this week and did 3.44 miles (with hills!) without walking at all. That’s the farthest yet, so I’m on my way!

3 Responses to “Running Addendum”

  1. bodybypizza Says:

    Sounds like a great idea! Following a schedule really helps me as well. If I don't feel like I am working toward a collective goal (even beyond simply 'losing weight') I feel scattered. I currently jog three times a week and I break it down in the following way:

    Intervals: I switch between 3 mins of jogging / 2 mins of walking and 5 mins of jogging / 2 mins (60 mins total w/10 min walk/warm-up) each week. So if I am doing 3/2 this week, next week I will do 5/2.

    Long Intervals: 20 mins of jogging / 5 mins of walking (2x, so 60 mins total w/10 mins walk/warm-up)

    Distance: Start @ x miles (2?) and increase weekly until I reach 5 miles.

    Everyone is different so it's important to do what works for you, but I think you're well on your way to achieving your goals — especially now that they are a little more structured!

  2. South Beach Steve Says:

    3.44 miles is awesome. If you do that three times this week you will more than do 10 miles, which I think is a great place to start. You are right too, the concrete goals make this easier.

  3. South Beach Steve Says:

    3.44 miles is awesome. If you do that three times this week you will more than do 10 miles, which I think is a great place to start. You are right too, the concrete goals make this easier.