IF RUNNING A FAST/FASTEST 5K is your goal this summer, get prepared to START.
Consider using a free, downloadable Hal Higdon (HH) Training Plan and modify it to fit your schedule. I plan to follow the HH 5K “advanced” program but will drop back to “intermediate” if I cannot handle the mileage the first week. Because of the knee issue I’ve had, the distance of runs has been limited for weeks.
If YOU find another plan, share with us why you chose it.
The HH 5K Advanced program extends over 8 weeks. The start date will need to be June 3 for the July 30 race in which I hope to be fast! My overall “Plan A” (see previous post, May 20) included running a personal baseline pace 5K prior to starting a program, so it will be on or near May 28.
To demonstrate how to modify a plan so you’ll be able to stick with it, here’s what I did:
Do your best to identify a potential program as soon as possible. Try a few of the workouts now on the days you will be running them according to the plan, before you must start it, to determine which changes are needed.
Important: don’t give up summer fun to stick to a plan that doesn’t accommodate it! Keep searching and modifying.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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