Faster 5K in 4 Weeks Training For My First 5K… and No Excuses!

So I realized suddenly that my first 5K is less than 4 weeks away, and I have run maybe once a week for the last month! So, I had better get running! I mean in general, I need to get my butt in gear again, but now I have an extra reason. And you’re supposed to train for a race, right?

So today I googled “4 week 5k training schedule,” and most of them were for beginners just wanting to complete a 5K without stopping for walk breaks. But I can already finish a 5K. I do it all the time at home around my neighborhood, but I felt like I needed some sort of goal and a plan. And I found a training plan to run a faster 5K in four weeks on FitSugar by Running Coach Andrew Kastor. Ok, so I was actually a day behind, but luckily today was a rest day, and I just did Monday’s training today.

So there it is, I’m gonna try to run my fastest first 5K. I’ve decided to try to get a time under 30:00. And after looking at my at home PR of 32:22, I guess that’s not so much of a stretch, is it? Well, I’m not trying to stress myself out. That’s my goal, and if I surpass that by a lot, well then, I’ll just be even more excited, and well honestly, amazed!
I’ve been making more excuses than necessary this last month when it’s come to my running, or any kind of fitness in general, but tonight, I had no excuses.

It wasn’t too late.
It wasn’t too dark.
I wasn’t too hungry.
I wasn’t too tired.
I wasn’t too sick.
I felt good.
It wasn’t too cold.
I had enough time.
My knee wasn’t hurting too much.
I had something to wear to run in.
My running shoes didn’t hurt my toes too much.
I wasn’t too sore.
I didn’t have too many other things to do.
I felt like doing it.

Yep, those are all excuse I could have, and actually have used, but didn’t. And I only set out to do the minimum requirement of 2 miles because it actually was dark, I actually was hungry, and it was a little later than planned, but I did it anyway, and I actually ran 3.1 miles. And I did in 34:26 without putting effort into it because it was supposed to be an “easy run.” Huh, yep. Already amazing myself. And the no excuses things too? Wow, I feel good. Tomorrow, I’m supposed to do 80 meter sprints. What? I’ve never done that before, but I’m gonna. How cool is that?!?¬†Thanks Mr. Kastor and thanks MMRF race for getting me motivated!

If you’d like to support me in my training for my first official 5K race EVER and help to raise much needed funds for Multiple Myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, please head over to my Race for Research page, check out my story, and consider a small donation.

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