WEEK 2 5K TRAINING STARTS. NOW THAT YOU STARTED EASING BACK INTO TRAINING the relaxed nature of these plans should be apparent. The days of preparation between Thanksgiving and the December holidays are busy and may leave runners and walkers feeling uncharacteristically fatigued. That’s the reasoning behind the strategy of training on a “keep open” level of intensity for both.
In medical terms, life-saving fluids or medications might be delivered to a patient through an intravenous tube or ‘line’ at a rate that is “wide open” such that the valve regulating fluid flow rate does not obstruct the tube lumen at all. This high flow rate is used in emergencies. Once there is no need to deliver meds or fluids intravenously the needle and tubing apparatus can be removed. However, because it’s not always easy to establish this kind of rapid ‘access’ line, one practice is to leave it in longer, until all possible need for delivery of IV medications and fluids ha passed. The fluid flow in this time is set at a “keep open” rate, just enough to allow the line to stay open and usable.
Thus, these running and walking plans are not ambitious programs. There’s enough mileage to keep you in shape to comfortably run or walk a 5k race on New Year’s Eve or Day. It’s not designed to help establish a PR, but to show up and cross the finish line without significant issues.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K 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 and longevity.
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