Attempting to train for a 5K in 5 weeks, and it’s all for a good cause!

I’m crazy right? Attempting to get myself in shape to run 5 kilometres, and only 5 weeks to get it done. The last time I ran was back in the fall, before the days got too short for me to run in the evenings…I guess that makes me a fair weather runner. I only run when the sun is up, because it’s safer. I’m a tiny female, who runs alone, and there are plenty of idiots out there. Maybe I’m a little paranoid, but I would rather not take the chance of being grabbed by someone or hit by a driver not watching for pedestrians.

Last year I did the Couch to 5k running program, and it was great. It only took me 9 weeks to get up to running 5 kilometres straight! I hadn’t run in years, so that was a real accomplishment for me. This time around, I am not nearly as out of shape, so I know it won’t take as long. Plus, I only have 5 weeks! I am signed up to run a 5k with my hubby on May 11th. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you might have noticed some talk about this. My husband’s best and oldest friend, a guy that I have also known for 15 years, suffers from Chronic Lyme Disease. It is an awful disease, one that not enough people know about, and one that not enough doctors think exists. Yup, you read that right: most Canadian doctors don’t even think it is a disease! Our friend has to travel to the United States for treatment, pays out-of-pocket for those visits and most medications (as Canadians, we are used to having most thing covered by our employers or at the very least, our government). So, our dear friend, Kevin Sherriff has started a foundation to help alleviate the financial burden that this disease can put on a family. This 5k run/walk/stroll is to raise awareness and money for the brand new foundation lymeSavers. It’s a family event, so my parents will be joining in too and walking the 5k route pulling my kids in the wagon, but I am hoping to run it!

Of course I could have joined up with a running group or paid a trainer in a gym to help me along with this, but I’d rather not spend the money. I took to the internet and found a great training plan for 5 weeks. It didn’t quite fit with my fitness level, and for some reason had me running a full 5k by week 3 (no way that was going to happen!) so I adjusted it, and translated it into kilometres, since it was all in miles. And since nothing actually happens in life unless you talk about it on the internet ;) I wanted to share it with you. Maybe it will help you get back to running. Maybe it will encourage you to yell at me when I tweet how tired I am and don’t want to run or workout. Maybe you know someone with Lyme Disease and can pass on some links and info to them…whatever happens, I’m glad I can share this with all of you!

5k in 5 weeks
My training calendar is based on this one.
5k in 5 weeks
(Sorry about the giant watermarks!)

How can I get this all done while still staying on top of house stuff and watching my kids? I will only be running 3 times a week, so on the weekdays I will be skipping our sit down family dinners to go and run while it’s still light out, and eating once I get home. Weekend activities are easier as my husband is around to watch the kids. The strength training will be done either during nap time or once the kids are in bed, which I am already doing. And the cross training I will get the kids involved in going for walks and hikes.

Training for something like this, or just running in general, would be much easier with a treadmill, but that just isn’t in our budget right now, and frankly, if we were to buy one, it might not get used. And the only place to put it would be in our dark unfinished basement, and I would much rather run outside in the fresh air and sunshine!

Happy Running!

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For more information about this event, Lyme Disease in general, and about the lymeSavers foundation, please visit their website and their Facebook page. They are also on Twitter and Kevin has a personal blog about his journey with this disease.

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3 comments

  1. You’ll be great. Looks like you have a solid plan. In high school I ran x-country and found training much easier with company. Another thing to consider is buying those goo-like “shots” to take before your run on the actual day to help give you a boost of energy. With the increased exercise regimen, are you changing your diet to accommodate at all?

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    1. I’m eating like crazy! I’m making sure to eat more protein, since that’s a weak spot for me. Keeping hard boiled eggs handy is a great way to get that extra snack in. I’m not running to drop any pounds, so I need to increase my intake to balance out the calories I burn.

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  2. I’m an outside runner too. I run three seasons of the year, and switch to pool running in the winter – we indulge in season’s passes to the outdoor mineral hot springs pools as a family. Treadmill running is not fun, so I support you not having one :)

    Good luck with the training – you’ll be awesome!

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