Last month I set out to accomplish a goal of mine that i have been wanted to check off for a while! I thought that is was a great time to do so because the weather is AMAZING. I was running before I got pregnant with my daugher, during the summer of 2014 and it was miserable!!!! I was up to about a mile but I was dragging my body by the last quarter mile.
I chose Piyo to hybrid schedule because I wanted to make
sure that when i began running that I would have an opportunity to stretch as much as possible. Having a history of leg cramps, I did not want to get into a situation where I put off stretching and ended up in a bad way. For more details about Piyo click HERE to see the amazing results that i got on my first round!
My original plan was to run 3 days a week for 2 weeks. Other than that i did not have a printed schedule for me to follow. I searched for other hybrid schedules that were already published but I didnt feel like I could adapt those to my specific crazy schedule. Basically, I did a whole month of flying by the seat of my pants. I got to do some running, training and was able to make some improvements but not at the rate that I really wanted. Here is a post that i wrote where I discuss some tips that I have figured out along the way, so far!
THIS month though is different, this month Im going to plan out my workouts each week ahead of time so that I have a plan!
- Run 1 mile
- Piyo Strength Intervals
- Run 1.5 miles
- Piyo Core
- Run 1.5 miles
- Piyo Sweat
This is my plan. This will allow me to push myself running but also allow me to take it easy on my legs. I can run more, I have run more but recently i have been experiencing some pretty rough cramps in my calves and I want to see if I can get ahead of them and figure out what is causing them!!
There are lots of ways to start running. There is the interval training, where you run for x number of seconds and then walk for x number of seconds. In this method you gradually increase the running intervals until you are up to a 5k. I have tried this method in the past and it didnt work for me. It is a very effective way of increasing distance and stamina, just the best way for my mind and body.
Here is my plan for increasing distance and stamina to ultimately reach my first goal of a 5k. I started out with a mile. I ran it, I got comfortable with it and that is where I started. If you are new to running or have not yet reached the distance of a mile, I would start with half a mile. So I got my mile down and today I ran a mile at 11.44 minutes, that is not my ideal time but i can work on that. So now that Im comfortable with a mile, Im going to add 1/2 mile. Then when i get comfortable with 1.5 miles and the time I run it in, i will again add 1/2 mile. I will spend the next 4 weeks balancing distance and rate.
I hope that if you were considering a hybrid schedule and haven’t found anything that fit you, that this will show you a way to customize your month to fit your personal goals and running experience.
If you have any question feel free to post below or fill out the contact information and i will get back to you!!
Thanks for hanging out with me I hope yall have a great week!!