Prior to 2011, I never ran more than a mile. But last year, I ran a 5k in Mid-May, a sprint triathlon in June and October and by December was running 2-3 miles a day and could recreate the triathlon mileage on Fridays.
I’ve been asked a few times: How did I do it?
I took it slow. I started 1/1 /12 with a daily stretch. Mid-January I added a ‘lap’ on the treadmill (.25 mile) and slowly added more. I had no exercise goal beyond GUDS. Get Up! Do Something!
I learned about the 5k in March and wasn’t sure how far it was, or if I could run that far. I knew it was okay to stop and walk at these, so I practiced. and it got easier every time I was on the treadmill.
Some people say motivation doesn’t stick – well, neither does a shower.
My motivation is similar. I need to schedule my workouts, or it doesn’t happen. I get busy with projects and life in general, and it’s easy to skip. To motivate myself and ensure I put it on my schedule, I register for a race. So far it’s been a 5K or a sprint triathlon. This year, I have a goal of running a 10k. I still have yet to run this distance…. Hence the word GOAL.
The 10K is during the Run the Route (66), and I’ll let you know how it goes.
Better yet… why not get on treadmill a few times a week and run/walk the 5k? You can even bring the kids to run the baseball diamond at San Manuel ballpark in San Bernardino on May 20, 2012.
Interested in a little more? Join me at the Possibilities Triathlon in Loma Linda on April 29, or the Tinman triathlon on June 24 at CSUSB. Tinman is sponsored by Rotarians an they are trying to eradicate polio is the world.
Want some obstacles in your 5K? Then the Tough Mudder on July 7 & 8 in Big Bear, CA is for you!