Ok history is I got into running couple of years ago, best 5k time 26mins and best 10k time was 57mins so just slow and steady. I've since had a baby and 5 months post-birth I want to get back to running. I currently walk 20miles a week with pram at a 15/16.5min mile pace for up to 6 miles at a time and also do some aerobic classes at the gym so my fitness level is average rather than none existent. I'd be looking to run 3 times a week and continue with some x-training/strength sessions as well as the all important rest day of course. I want to do Manchester 10km on 26 May which is 16 weeks away. I'm trying to find a training plan but beginners is too easy and intermediate too hard. Beginners are saying walk/jog total 10 minutes 3 times a week for first few weeks, that is too easy for me but I'm not able to run for 30 minutes like the intermediate plans require. Do I start further along the beginners plan at a level I feel is right for me or should I really start from week 1 even though it feels like I'm going backwards? Really want to set a plan to keep me focused and to push myself a little but I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed as to what to do for the best!! All help appreciated thanks! Xx
Thanks for your replies and your best wishes! I had read somewhere that you are allowed to up the exercise after about 6 weeks but as you rightly say that depends on how the birth goes and how I'm feeling coping with a newborn!
I think that's going to be the hard thing, allowing myself to ease back into it rather than going all out and potentially injuring myself like many of you have said.
Hi, Im currently three days overdue with my first child so her arrival is imminent (I hope!) I've not had an easy pregnancy and as a result I've not been able to run or do any high(ish) intensity exercise for pretty much 7-8 months. Prior to that I was really enjoying running; albeit it not fast or particularly far (5km pb 26.14, 10km usually about 57mins) I'd usually run 3 days a week and do alternative days of 'something else' like spinning/aerobics/gym work. I really want to get back to exercise and more specifically, running, as soon as I'm given the ok post-birth (usually 6 weeks?). I'll be out walking with my pram as soon as I feel ok to get me started. I'm not planning to run with a pram as I enjoy the 'me-time' running alone with just my iPod gives me so my other half will have baby while I go out. I just wondered if anyone could recommend the best way to approach it? I am planning on entering a 10km run event to give myself a goal but not sure what is a realistic time frame considering considering my inevitable drop in fitness level? Also, should I go right down to basics and do a couch to 5km plan or will that be too easy do you think? Would love to hear other people's experiences! Thanks, E