How to Train for a 5K.
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9 months ago I started this phenomenal journey. My old self used to joke and tell people that if they ever saw me running it was because I was being forced to. I could never understand why people just ran, and for fun?!?! Nonsense. It seemed like such a waste of valuable time; I could be doing a million other things.
I haven’t talked much about running here (now to change!) but it’s become dear to my heart and especially my wellbeing. You see, this blog and running go hand-in-hand. My best thinking happens when I’m out on a run: goals, recipes, to-do lists and well, just life. Most of the time I stop to jot down my thoughts, and by “jot down” I mean “type” as I’m completely out of breath resulting in 42342 typos so I don’t forget. I come back to those mess of words later and instantly know what I was
talking typing about.
After I run I feel renewed; it clears my mind and I can re-focus. And that’s typically when I think about my old self and how I got here.
Most people don’t think that they can run a 5K. I hear it all the time. You think I could run a 5K 9 months ago? That’s a big fat N-O-P-E. I could barely run for 2 minutes. I was wheezing, out of breath and felt like I was going to die. I’m not really competitive with others, but I’m 100% competitive with myself. To start off I set myself a few goals, one of them being to be able to run a 5K entirely (all 3.1 miles.) I set myself daily goals (this 5K plan) to get me there.
You see, running is a true mind game; you give up WAY before your body actually needs to.
To help you tackle running those 3.1 miles, I’ve created a plan for you!
Before you get started, let’s chat about how to fuel your body.
Training takes a lot of energy and in order to keep your body going each day, you need to add nutrients for it to continue to perform at its highest level. That’s why Kellogg’s® Special K® is a favorite of mine. At your local Kroger you can grab any of the products (cereal, bars, chips, crackers, etc.) But my favorite is Kellogg’s® Special K® Protein Shake (milk chocolate flavor.) Whether I’m training for a 5K or after a workout, I know that I’m getting the nutrients that my body needs to stay energized. The shake is only 190 calories and 15 grams of protein AND it satisfies my sweet tooth! Double win!
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Q: How do you include Special K in your daily life? What are you goals?