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Active Advantage 5K Training program Update

Active Advantage Training Update

Today I am on day 35 of the 54 day Active Advantage Intermediate 5K program and it has not been going well. Between the holidays and being sick for the past two weeks, I have missed a lot of training days.

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I managed to run the Jingle Bell Run 5K on December 16th but then I didn’t run again until this week. This week I managed to run a 10K on the treadmill at my gym on Christmas Eve and another treadmill 10K yesterday. If I run again on Friday or Saturday I will hit my New Year Commitment to run three days a week. I like getting new habits established!

I am so far off track on this training program it is hilarious. It’s a good thing that I’m not really training for a 5K. If I was training for my first 5K it would not be a pretty site at the finish line. I think part of the reason I have been so lackadaisical is that I signed up for the program just to see what it was like.

I’ve never used a plan before and I’ve never had a coach. I just run as much, as fast as I can, when I train. Since I usually peek at 30 miles per week when I train for a marathon I never over train. It’s kinda impossible with so few miles per week.

I do need to add intervals and speed work to my routine. I also need to spend more time on hill work as the payoff for hill work on race day can be significant. I do need to develop a training plan for 2013. I need to be more disciplined and add new aspects to my training.

Running Tip

If you are new to running I would encourage you to try a training plan like the Active Advantage Couch to 5K or the Active Advantage Beginner 5K program. At the very least it will show you what you need to do, how to do it and give you a schedule to follow. As someone who is new to running you need that guidance. Otherwise it’s a crap shoot. You will be just like me when I started.

You can find free training programs on-line or in books at your local library. As someone beginning to run, a little guidance will go a long way.

Don’t worry if you miss a day or two while training. I’ve missed a lot more than that, but I’m still going to do my best to finish this plan. The important thing is not to get discouraged and give up. Everyone misses a day but they don’t quit because of that.

So that’s my plan-to-date update as pathetic as it is. If you are thinking about beginning running now is a good time to start. Any day is a good day to start. Just start running!

Happy Holidays and thanks for reading my ramblings!

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7 responses to “Active Advantage 5K Training program Update”

  1. Nicole Marie Avatar

    Love your blog! I’m a runner too, but with the holiday season I’ve definitely slacked off horribly. I’ve been trying the Insanity workout (in between indulging in Christmas cookies) and while I love it, there’s something about this time of year that makes me want to fatten up and go into hibernation mode! Best of luck to you, all that matters is you’re up and being active and you’re not giving up! Now THAT is an inspiration for all of those who are digging for the motivation to become active. Hoping after the New Year I can get back on track with my running, too. 🙂

    1. imarunner2012 Avatar

      Thanks for the comment. It is hard to stay motivated this time of year. There are so many other things to do around the holidays. I’ve been eating my fair share of cookies, pie and chocolates. I can only imagine what my calorie intake has been over the past few weeks.
      I hope you can stick with the Insanity workout. It looks like a good cross training program.
      Happy New Year.

  2. ichoosetotri Avatar

    Nothing wrong with taking a little time off, hope you enjoyed the rest!

    1. imarunner2012 Avatar

      Happy New Year.

  3. Jim Brennan Avatar

    Sharing free training program is a good service to fellow-runners. I applaud you. I’m going to show my age here, but I’m from the generation when all training programs were free online, and it doesn’t seem that long ago. Now I see them in Runner’s World for $30 and more, Jeeeezzzz!

  4. Renato Avatar
    Renato

    What you think about the Active Advantage? Is it worth to pay?

    1. imarunner2012 Avatar

      Renato,
      If you are just starting to run I think it is worth it for you. A program will tell you what you need to do, when to do it and for how long. When I first started I just ran 2-3 times per week at lunch. I never really did a long run or anyspeed work.
      The program will give you a schedule to stick with which may be a good way for you to develop good training habits.
      I’ll write a post with the prices for the various Active.com programs.

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