As former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I understand why so many people f*cking hate running. It hurts. It feels impossible! And according the media, unless you're slim, you will never feel like you look like a runner. (LUCKILY, that's changing. SHOUTOUT TO THE #SPORTSBRASQUAD!)
When Women's Running Magazine asked me if I wanted to include a training plan of some sort in my July issue, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I didn't want to create a plan for runners who already discovered the transformative and empowering gift of running, I wanted to challenge those people to get their #BadassLadyGang running as well.
With the help of my Coach Josh Maio, we created two different plans:
Run Your Strongest 5K Training Plan & The Badass Beginner 5K Training Plan
Here is my challenge to all of you, set a goal that scares the crap out of you. Maybe that means running the entire 5K without having to stop to walk. Or maybe that means breaking 21 minutes. As long as the goal is one step outside of your comfort zone and feels a tiny bit insane, THAT is all that matters. (Runners looking to build speed and endurance, THIS IS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU! The only way you'll run faster is if you run faster! Start with this plan. It will kick your ass and spit you out a stronger and more badass runner in just 4 weeks!)
Next, challenge the women in your #BadassLadyGang to join you. Challenge your mom, sister, best friend, boss, acquaintance, next door neighbor, frenemy, mortal enemy, mother in law, or your ex's sisters to join you because no one should have to chase down their first finish line alone.
Look, it doesn't matter if you're a brand new runner or if you're 5K goal feels impossible, running is really, really, really hard for everyone. But with the support of your #BadassLadyGang, the entire ordeal is a hell of a lot more fun!
Running is so much more than just an amazing way to stay healthy. Give that gift to the women you love! Encourage them to join you and train for the #BadassLadyGang5K!
A few tips--
- If you're worried about making it through 4 weeks without falling behind, just focus on today. If you miss a day or two or three, just get back on track. Keep your eyes on the prize and focus on what you can do TODAY.
- If you're super busy, block out time to get that run in in your calendar. Treat it like an appointment that you can't cancel and make it a priority! It's just 4 weeks!
- Make it fun! Listen to a podcast (Might I suggest the Run, Selfie, Repeat podcast on iTunes or Google Play?) or listen to some music! Or unplug and have some alone time. Find what works for you!
Otherwise, keep your eyes on WomensRunning.com every Monday for some new 5K training tips, tricks, and training jokes or follow me on Instagram!
And share your own training journey by using the hashtag, #BadassLadyGang5K!
Now set your impossible goal and build your badass lady gang! Only 4 weeks until race day! We can do anything in 4 weeks!