Want to Adopt Your Beginners Running Program However Unsure of How to do That With My Current Schedule

by Nic

Hi I am currently walk/running every other day (between 2.5-3.5 miles) and have done a couple of 5k's with a completion time of about 42mins.

I really want to better that time and get to a 10k and was thinking of jumping into week #4 of your program #3.

However the one thing that concerns me (I'm also trying to lose weight over all) is that will take my total exercise time down to 20-30 mins as opposed to my normal 45-60.

Any suggestions on what can I do to implement your program but still get about an hour a day in?
Thank you!!!!

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Answer by Dominique:
Hi there,
Thanks for your question about the beginners running programs.

Beginner Running Program 3 is the most popular of them all with hundreds of happy subscribers and probably hundreds of people who follow it, but don't subscribe to the weekly updates.

Now, with every running program you find on the net, it is created for a general audience. It will hardly ever be perfect for YOU.

So, you'll always have to modify it to fit your requirements.

The most important thing you do is to use the principles of the running programs, i.e. run/walk and build it up slowly.

Now, starting Beginners Running Program in week 4 sounds a little conservative based on what you can already do. Want to do it anyway, then precede the running with 15-20 min of brisk walking and end it with 15-20 min of brisk walking as well.

You'll still get your 60 minutes of exercise and you are doing the running program.

Of course, you could also step in in week 5,6 or 7 or whichever. It all depends on what you are comfortable with.

As long as you build it up easily, you should be able to get to 30 minutes of running pretty quickly.

After that you could start doing the 10k Running Program and get ready for your first 10k!

Best of luck.
Kind regards,

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