I'm trying to determine if I would have time to train for my first 5K coming up December 6th. I have been doing an elliptical indoors, some weight training (2-3x week), a little pilates and just starting to run outside again now that it's cooling off. However, I only do 30 minutes of any of these, I just choose one thing to do and work as hard as I can during that time. I think I've got a good enough base to be ready, but I'm unsure.
Where I usually run is around my neighborhood and I'm wondering, also, if the terrain is a bit too much for being a beginner. I run (I'm very slow, so I use that term loosely) down the road which is .7 miles then back to my house. That's about as much as I can do without stopping. However, there is a huge dip then hill back up on this road, which of course I do twice - going then coming back. If I were to find a more flat area to run, would it be better until I can go further? Should I be starting on something a little less challenging since I now have a date I want to be able to do the 5K by?
Also, should I run every day? I was thinking that there is supposed to be a recovery time, but I don't know how often?