Chafing...Prevent It! 

  • Ditch cotton. Wear synthetic, wicking fabrics. 
  • Go seamless, go tagless. 
  • Get a proper fit. A too-snug bra can dig in; the excess material from a baggy shirt can rub you raw. 
  • Protect your legs. Compression shorts can save your inner thighs from abrasions. 
  • Cover'em up. Nipple protection is critical for guys. Nip-gaurds and band-aids are common shields. 
  • Get greasy. BodyGlide and petroleum jelly based products are classic salves especially on your longer runs. 

REVIEW YOUR TRAINING LEVEL


Week 5 Walker

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 35 min (easy)

Wednesday: 25 min (stroll)

Thursday: 35 min (easy)

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 40 min (stroll)

Sunday: 5 miles (brisk)

Week 5 Novice 

Monday: 40 min cross or strength train

Tuesday: 2 mile run 

Wednesday: 35 min cross or strength train

Thursday: 2 mile run 

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 3 mile run

Sunday: Rest 

Week 5 Intermediate 

Monday: 3 mile run & strength train

Tuesday: 5 mile run

Wednesday: 30 min cross train or 5x800 5K pace

Thursday: 4 mile run & strength train

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 7 mile run

Sunday: 60 min cross train 

Week 5 Advanced 

Monday: 3 mile run & strength train

Tuesday: 40 minute tempo run

Wednesday: 35 min cross train or 7x400 mile pace

Thursday: 5 mile run & strength train 

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 3 mile pace run

Sunday: 7 mile run 


DEFINING THE FITNESS STRATEGY


Cross Training: Another form of physical activity to work your muscles in a different way.

Examples: Swimming cycling, stair-climbing, the elliptical and speed-walking. 

Pace run (AKA speed work): Train at a fast pace and you will run at a fast pace! This interval workout will take you to a fast run and alternate it with walking or jogging. You will perform 800-meter repeats every other week (Intermediate + Advanced runners) and 400-meter repeats on even numbered weeks (Advanced runners only). Run these at about a 5-K pace, walking/ jogging between each repeat. Best done on a 400 meter track but can be done on the road or trail.

For walkers: use the following to set your pace and build endurance.

  • Stroll: normal breathing, enjoy your walk.
  • Easy: slightly quicker pace, slightly harder breathing.
  • Brisk: walking with purpose, harder breathing but can still hold a conversation.

Tempo run: A tempo run of 30 to 40 minutes begins with 10-15 minutes of easy running, building up to 10-20 minutes of faster running near the middle, and ending with 5-10 minutes easy running. The pace build-up should be gradual. You can do tempo runs almost anywhere: on the road, on the trails or even on the track.