Feb 20, 2013

Virgin 5K

Who's ready to get dirty and run a 5K this spring? 

cracking the whip against college kids

I'd like to help remote coach a reader through their first race over the next few months.  E-mail (beardandpigtails@gmail.com) or comment below if you're ready to burn some rubber.  Here's how it'd go down:

  • First timers to the 5K, please
  • Share why you want to get fit and kick some butt
  • You're willing to commit to a 10-week training plan starting soon, which means trotting in the cold or working a treadmill as needed
  • Weekly e-mails on goals for the week and progress updates
  • I'll write a post every couple weeks with updates on how the plan is going
  • After your race, write a short recap on B&P so we can tell you how awesome you are!
  • Curls, Pigtails and I will pick one person to squeeze through the training wringer

If this goes over well, it would be fun to repeat this fall for a half or full marathon.

Here's to a fit 2013, cheers!

-Beard

23 comments:

  1. What an amazing idea and such a great opportunity for a b&p reader. Can't wait to see updates!

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  2. Great idea! I can't participate but will enjoy following along the lucky 5K virgin.

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  3. Great idea! I don't run, and don't really want to..haha. I will however, enjoy all the updates on the lucky? winner/trainee. I think this is a really interesting concept.

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    1. Think Jillian screaming in the contestants' faces on Biggest Loser.

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  4. Wow, what a great idea. I've never run a day in my life - unless you count sprinting to my wine glass every evening at 5:00. I've often thought it would be nice to have that friend that drags your butt out the door every day, though. Looking forward to reading about how it goes.

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    1. That's a good idea, uncorking a California Naked Grape red blend now and watching the powder pile up outside. Des Moines' on deck for 9" tonight.

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  5. DSMama2/21/2013

    I'll be doing a virgin half marathon this spring!! Cheer me on? May look to you for tips!! Love this idea.

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    1. Going to talk you into a full 'thon by next year, just you wait.

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  6. Sounds like fun! But sadly I'm not a 5k virgin so I'll live vicariously through the lucky winner!

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  7. Anonymous2/21/2013

    What if you haven't run a full mile since high school (like 8 years ago) and need to lose weight (like a lot!). Is it possible to be ready for a 5k in 10 weeks??

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    1. You bet you can do it! May be a walk/jog mix of a 5K, that'll work. Seven people signed up so far.

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  8. Eight people signed up so far, with amazing stories on why they want to get fit.

    One person has been busy the past two years taking care of her sick spouse. He's on the mend, so she's ready to get healthy herself.

    Baby weight to burn and another wants to get ripped for when her spouse returns from overseas military deployment.

    Let me know if you'd like to enter the fray, it will be difficult to pick only one person to train!

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  9. Jeremy2/22/2013

    Beard,
    Finished the half in the fall, never ran a 5k. I don't need you to pick me but looking forward to the challenge of speed and time vs distance.

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    1. That's what I'm talking about, tell us a few lines about how the half went. Another this year?

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    2. Jeremy2/22/2013

      The half went great! So great in fact that I have registered to run the same half in October. Even the 2 mile uphill climb to the finish isn’t scarring me, I did it once and made it without dying (though I thought I was going to), now that I know its coming hill training will commence. I hear hill training can help with speed as well. For all you first timers out there, know that I had never ran more than a mile before starting my training for a half and made it! You can do it! I am also thinking about registering for the Twin Cities Half well see, first on the agenda is getting ready for a nice 5K to see how fast I can do it!

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    3. Nice job Jeremy, sounds like you got bit by the running bug and are hooked.

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  10. I'm already doing the Couch to 5K which I call, "Couch Potato Wogging." Even in my very, very athletic days of high school/college bball, volleyball, and sprinting track, I have NEVER been able to jog/run. My heart/lungs do me in. I'd volunteer and you'd be super coach if you succeeded with me b/c my mind is my number one enemy followed closely by the fact that I just have never succeeded in the entire 5K without walking a greater than a 12 min. mile. Oh the humiliation in writing that!

    Looking forward to hearing about your student/athlete's success. AND...would love to have you post a short video on a few tips for jogging. My other couch potato friends and I (none of us are overweight, but clothes do hide a multitude of sins!) wonder as we jog if our arms are too low, two high, swinging too much, if we bounce too much in our feet/hips...if we are supposed to maintain a sort of squat??? If we are leaning forward too much or back or where the heck we are supposed to be. Look at the road so you don't slip or trip or look out in front?

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    1. Wogging, I'm writing that one down.

      A lot of people dislike running, not something that really comes easy and it can beat up the legs if not careful.

      Will try and put up a post sometime on running tips for you and gang. I'll wear a Lycra speed suit.

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  11. I would love to do this! I will e-mail! :)

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  12. A dozen signed up for the 5K spring training plan. I'll select a name this Friday, shoot me a note if you haven't entered yet and are thinking about it.

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  13. Beard -- I realize this is probably too late but I've been thinking about trying my first half marathon and I meant to throw my hat in the ring when I first saw your post. Perhaps we can do a round 2? Let me know if it isn't too late and I'll send you an email with more information.

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  14. My son (8yrs old) and I are doing our first 5k this summer (the Color Run). I am super proud of him. We are doing also doing the Couch to 5k program to get ready. Would love any tips you have to offer.

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Thanks for the note, check back for my response!