I am currently sitting here preparing to run my first marathon tomorrow, yikes! I was thinking back to a couple of years ago when I couldn't even run a mile. I was also thinking how great it is for me to have running as a release and something I do just for myself. As a mom, I don't have many moments to myself, and running is something I can squeeze into my schedule to help me stay sane So, I thought I would share with everyone the plan that helped me get to the point where I could run a 5K. This is something that most moms could do, even if they don't feel like they can run at all. If I could get to this point, then lots of non-runners can. (Let's hope I survive the marathon tomorrow!)
What it is: There are lots of websites and plans out there now which take you from the "couch to a 5k". The website that I used is one of the originals. It gives you a plan to take you through three run/walks a week and gives you nine weeks to train to run a whole 5K!
What we liked: The nice thing about this plan is the intervals that you run are given in time intervals or distance intervals so you can pick the way that works for you. It also starts you completely from the beginning, so you don't have to have any running experience to get started. Plus, it's a completely free training plan. I really enjoy being able to exercise and feel a sense of accomplishment without taking the time or money to go to a gym. Running has been perfect for me as a mom because I can squeeze it in in the morning or at night easily or even take the kids in a stroller for a jog during the day.
What we would change: Couch 2 5K doesn't really have any way to extend the plan if you feel like you need more runs at a certain level. My best advice would be to repeat a week if you feel you need more practice before moving on.