I like to switch things up every 30 days or so. I had a challenge that I started with Walk Away The Pounds in February and merged into March. I have been dabbling around for a couple of weeks now with Yoga and other things to keep exercise a part of my schedule, but, for me, having a calendar is a must! I just don't stay on track without one.
Last week a friend of mine of Facebook posted a link to a beginner running program from Women's Health Magazine. I really never saw myself running again, but like my previous post, I should learn to "never say never"...
The workout is a 6 week plan that moves from walking with short 1 min intervals of running to running 30 min straight. There are 2 things that I really like about this program. First, it incorporates 2 days of strength training with exercises I can do right at home. Second, it only works up to 30 min of running.
One of the mistakes I think I made before when I was running was to think that I always had to be training for a half-marathon. Thinking back, I think that that mindset led to a burnout for me as I just really don't enjoy running at those longer distances. This could be a result of several things. I really think the strength training will help as I did not have that incorporated into my plan last time and I think it led to some painful legs due to imbalanced muscles. Perhaps with better conditioned muscles, I will enjoy the longer distances better after some time.
For now, thougth, I am happy to settle at 30 min...possibly move to their next plan that would take me from 30 to 60 min of running. I am just happy to stay with this program for now. It is 6 days a week (4 running/walking, 2 strength training) with a rest day on Saturday.
I did workout 1 this morning and feel great. Wow it felt wierd to run those 3 one-minute segments...
I am excited about this new plan!