I am on the Couch Potato to 5 K program,and seem stuck at the week 3 level-that 3 minute run,especially the last,is a real ordeal.I am running as slow as possible,but the last two outings were so hard I almost threw in the towel.Any tips from members would be appreciated.By the way,it has been cold here,-25 to -30.I am running on hard packed snow,and use that old trick of putting 1/4" hex head screws in the bottom of some old runners for traction.
Running in the cold is more demanding. Just walk it and keep at it until you can do the distance.
If you can find an indoor track at a high school or gym, or a shopping mall that encourages walkers and runners, or YMCA, you might want to try that. Do you have access to a treadmill?
Instead of "modified" running shoes, you might try snow shoes.
Hi Dave.I am a lapsed runner.I ran for 10 years,stopping in 95,although my weekly mileage was modest,about 16 miles /week.
I guess I'm not as young as I used to be,I'll be 60 in January.I used to run year round,even when it was -35. I guess I could try shoeshowing,or X-country skiing,but my first love has always been running.I have a X-country ski machine,but much prefer outdoor exercise.I was doing fine with the week 2 regimen,maybe I'll go back to that for the winter. BTW,you should try the "studded runner" trick.It doesn't affect your stride at all,just makes you sure-footed as a mountain goat on snow-I got the tip from a Runners World magazine article many years ago. Thanks for you comments.
I hope that your training is going well. I agree that the "studded" running shoes work great. However, mine seemed to wear out very quickly (1 long run if there is any dry pavement). Here is an upgrade that lasted the entire season last year -- Icespike ( http://icespike.net ) -- hardened steel screws for durability.