My training for the 5k Pretty Muddy has begun!
Actually, it began a while ago I guess – as I train three times a week with my lovely personal trainer…and I am throwing in extra fitness-boosting activity – such as clearing what was a jungle and now resembles a garden! And taking my horses for walks along the road…and I am not cheating by sitting on them, I walk too!
However, I think it is wise to ensure that I am following a more specific training plan – something that is proven to get you around a 5k course. So I took another look recently at the 5k plan provided by the Race for Life crew.
It’s a six week training plan – my event is on 27th June – so I have plenty of time to build up. I have chosen the walking plan in the main as I don’t want to add too much pressure, but would love to jog across the line. The stupid issue I have relates to loose skin…when I jog it jogs…and wobbles…and bounces…and so it is actually quite uncomfortable to jog even though I am capable of it.
Anyway – take a look at the plan for yourself:
There is also a specific Pretty Muddy plan – but with the strength I do at the gym I think it’s more important for me to focus on my cardio fitness.
It’s not too daunting at all I think.
Regardless of what event you are taking part – regardless of whether you are taking part at all! – I think that the ‘Top Tips’ provided by the Race for Life crew are quite useful for you – my fellow fitness lover!
Top tips for everyone:
Wear comfy shoes and make sure your feet are well supported.
It’s also a good idea to wear a sports bra.
If you’re a beginner, increase the time you exercise for gradually.
Train with friends and help motivate each other.
Whether you walk, run or dance, go at a conversational pace.
Remember to warm up and cool down before and after any exercise.
A balanced diet will help you feel great.
It’s important to stay hydrated before, during and after exercise.
Remember to use sun cream when you’re training and keep covered up.
They also suggest walking some or all of the way to work? If the full distance is a bit much, try getting off your bus or train a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way. You could join a running club or even form a walk-to-work group and get your colleagues involved. I know at my place they often grab a walk during the lunch break – we’re lucky as we are in quite a rural location, so the local area is lovely…to be honest though, I don’t like being a sweaty betty at work so I tend to grab my exercise at either end of the day!
There are a whole host of ways for you to get more active, so find a way that works for you, stick to it and reap the rewards. Keeping active is one of the ways you can reduce your cancer risk…something the Race for Life crew are obviously keen to tackle!
If you’re not sure how far 5k is – just over 3 miles – have a look at some of the everyday examples…none of which link to where I live unfortunately, so I am still none the wiser! 😉
- walking the circular route at Braids Hill in Edinburgh
- strolling up and down Southend promenade
- not much further than walking Cardiff’s Centenary Walk
- following the Thames from Westminster Bridge to the Tower of London
- walking from Whiteladies Road in Bristol down to the Floating Harbour
- the same as Belfast’s famous ghost walk
- a shopping trip in Leeds finishing in the Corn Exchange
- sightseeing along the eastern tip of the Isle of Wight coastal path
- walking from Nottingham Station to Council House three times
Right then – that’s it from me.
I know that you have probably been all donated-out for various charity events in 2015…but if you can spare 50p or £1 then throw it my way. If I raise enough I might share a pretty muddy picture of me following the event! 🙂 You can donate here!
Thank you for your continued support – love you!
Weight Loss Bitch xxx