Ever consider running or walking a 5k event? Here’s your opportunity! Consider joining me in the 18th annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5k at the Briargate YMCA. What a great way to burn calories before putting yourself into a food coma! As I browsed through my September issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine I discovered an eight-week training plan (credit to Jenny Hadfield of CoachJenny.com) for a 5k–3.1 miles–that I thought was ideal. This training plan and the Briargate YMCA’s Turkey Trot go together like turkey and stuffing. Use the plan below to ensure that your body is prepared for the event. Before you know it you’ll cross the finish line saying, “Where’s my pumpkin pie?”
What do I need to do?
In addition to your regular physical activity, set aside one 30-minute workout every week — starting this week! Warm-up with an easy walk and lower leg stretches for 5 minutes. Follow the plan below for a duration of 20-minutes. Finish the workout with a 5-minute walk and/or stretch.
What’s the plan?
Weeks 1 & 2 (October 4-17) = Walk 2 minutes, run for 30 seconds
Week 3 (October 18-24) = Walk 2 minutes, run 90 seconds
Week 4 (October 25-31) = Walk 2 minutes, run 2 minutes
Week 5 (November 1-7) = Walk 2 minutes, run 3 minutes
Week 6 (November 8-14) = Walk 2 minutes, run 4 minutes
Week 7 (November 15-21) = Walk 1 minute, run 4 minutes
Week 8 (November 22-26) = RACE WEEK! Walk 1 minute, run 4 minutes. Do this on Sunday and Tuesday. Take Wednesday off and be prepared to run on Thursday, Thanksgiving day.
Questions? Just ask. Let me know when you’re registered and good luck!