The Training Plan

City: Minneapolis
Date: September 25, 2011
Distance: 10 miles
Training Start Date: May 1, 2011

I'm starting with the Cool Running Couch-to-5k Program. It is based on the run/walk principle, which I think is ideal for me (and any beginner), especially because of my shin splints, and my lack of running skill.

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I should complete the first half of my training on June 26th, and I will be running a 5K that day.

Once I have successfully completed my Couch-to-5K program, I will take on the following 10 mile training plan, which starts at 3 miles. It has me upping my running from 3 days a week (6-9 miles/wk), to 4 days a week (13-25 miles/wk). I will probably be continuing the run/walk program through my 10 mile training, and hopefully building up to run it non-stop. The plan that I am following has the days I am not running as rest days, but I will be cross training those days, alternating between weight training, and yoga. I want to be able to tone up while doing all of this new cardio, and yoga to keep my muscles loose, and to try to stay a step ahead of DOMS. All of my runs the first few weeks will be followed by an ice bath, and once my legs get used to running, ice baths will be reserved for after long runs.

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This gives me a 19 week training program. Which gives me about a 3 week cushion should anything go wrong.

You can track my progress on my "Work It Out" page, where I track the workouts actually completed along with my times, and on Daily Mile.