Inspired by @laurenacarlton , I felt compelled to post this….
When my youngest child entered Grade One I had discovered that I had become an uncomfortable size 14 with poor eating habits not allowing myself to ever feel hungry – snacking whenever I wanted on whatever I wanted. I knew it was time for a change but I live 50 km from the nearest pool, gym or program and for my own peace of being, I still needed to be available to my children when they were home from school. I taught two days a week and decided to run on the three weekdays that I did not teach. I could barely breathe and could only run for short stints when I heard about John Stanton a confirmed couch potato who started the chain of stores and programs called The Running Room. Although he has inspired many marathon runners, his goal has never been to create them but to assist in helping people get off of the sofa. What follows is my program, that was inspired by John, that I have followed for 7 years now without injury or ever getting bored with running.
Week 1 – 1 minute run/1 minute walk x 10 - 3 days a week
Week 2 – 2 minute run/1 minute walk x 6 – 3 days a week
Week 3 – 3 minute run/1 minute walk x 5 – 3 days a week
Week 4 – 4 minute run/1 minute walk x 4 – 3 days a week
Week 5 – 5 minute run/1 minute walk x 3 – 3 days a week
At this point I discovered that I could and wanted to increase it to 4 days a week and I wanted to run in a 5km race and began to train for my first one.
Week 6 – 6 minute run/1 minute walk x 3 – 4 days a week
Week 7 – 8 minute run/1 minute walk x 2 – 4 days a week
Week 8 – 10 minute run/1 minute walk x 2 – 4 days a week
Week 9 – 20 minute non-stop run – 4 days a week
If this is too difficult a task to start with, one can start with an even better/slower program suited to them. If one needed to repeat a week – one should!
After 9 weeks, I was able to continue to add time and km and started to run 5 km in 25-30 minutes – the first race I ran was that spring - 5km in 25 minutes. My goal has always been to just treat my heart well and run for health – although I have run up to 21 km in one run, it is not my preference to do so. It took me a couple of years to drop in size to an 8 and for four years am a size 6-8 depending on the cut of the clothes.
One of Lauren’s Blogs http://mommyisrocknroll.com/
A few words about John Stanton http://www.runningroom.com/hm/inside.php?id=3035