Week 2 Check In With Six Women Training For A 5K In 4 Weeks

Week two of #BadassLadyGang5K training: CHECK! Is it getting easier? NO? Good! It’s supposed to be hard–that’s how we know we’re kicking ass! This week was all about finding ways to push the self-imposed limits we set when we start to doubt ourselves. Granted, just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, those self-imposed limits and doubts aren’t going to disappear in a week. Keep fighting.

Let’s check in with the three #BadassLadyGang teams to see how the second week of training went.

Crystal And Sarah

Name: Crystal

Location: Vancouver, BC

Beginner 5K Training Plan

5K Goal: To run without stopping.

How did Week 2 of training go? Okay.

What surprised you about Week 2? Are you having fun? I wouldn’t say fun, but I don’t dread it, at least.

Did you experience any setbacks or speed bumps this week? How did you push through them? It’s been hard, as air conditions are terrible, due to wildfires.

Any thoughts, questions or reflections about Week 2? Somehow finding time on vacation is hard!

What is your goal for Week 3? Follow the schedule!

Name: Sarah Santos

Location: Aurora, Colo.

Strongest 5K Training Plan

5K Goal: 30 minutes.

How did Week 2 of training go? It was difficult. After being sidelined for months, I slowly got back into running on a treadmill at the gym. Now that I’m running outside again, the hills are killing me. Where I live, there’s not a flat route to be found! I start out well, keeping up a good pace, but after a couple of miles (and a few too many hills) I slow back down to my usual pace. I’m starting to be able to go a little faster, but I’m having a lot of difficulty maintaining it.

What surprised you about Week 2? I’m not sure I’d say there were any surprises this week.

Are you having fun? I enjoy myself on my runs, but I’ve been disappointed afterward with my time and pace.

Did you experience any setbacks or speed bumps this week? How did you push through them? Just what I’ve mentioned already. I’m having a lot of difficulty with hills. I can’t say I’ve pushed through it yet. I have started looking into incorporating some hill training in my running workouts.

You are now halfway there!!! How are you feeling about your 5K goal??? The picture I’m including this week is of my son and I. I posted it to Instagram, as well. When I got home from a run this week, one I really struggled through, I didn’t feel strong at all. I walked in the door and saw that my son, Ben, had picked out his “Strong Like Mom” shirt to wear that day. It served as a good reminder that, even when I don’t feel strong, he thinks that I am. By going out for a run and not giving up, I’m setting an example of strength for both my son and my daughter, and that’s what counts.

What is your goal for Week 3? Incorporate some hill training into my week!

Mattie & Lyndsay

Name: Mattie

Location: Phoenix, Ariz.

Beginner 5K Training Plan

5K Goal: 32 minutes.

How did Week 2 of training go? This week was a struggle. I was on vacation with the family and found it hard to find the motivation and time to work out.

Are you having fun? I was able to go on a run along the bay unexpectedly while my husband took the older kids on a waverunner! That was definitely the highlight of my week.

What is your goal for Week 3? I’m ready to get back on track this week!

Name: Lyndsay Bonk

Location: Fort Mill, S.C.

Strongest 5K Training Plan

5K Goal: 32 minutes.

How did Week 2 of training go? It’s been going well. My hamstring on my right leg is tight and sore, so I’ve eased back a little just to make sure it’s not anything serious and I don’t hurt it anymore.

What surprised you about Week 2? I am falling in love with interval runs. The easy runs are not as easy in the heat. This part isn’t really a surprise, though.

Are you having fun? Yes!! I may not be having fun the entire time, but my love for running is getting stronger again! My postpartum body is getting stronger.

Did you experience any setbacks or speed bumps this week? How did you push through them? My hamstring is really tight and sore. I pulled back a little on speed and hills, but the more I was active, the less it hurt. This made Saturday’s long run difficult. The last two miles were pretty much uphill, so I switched back to 3-minute intervals to make myself not give in to walking the rest of the way.

You are now halfway there!!! How are you feeling about your 5K goal???  Yay!! It’s going to be tight, but no matter what, I’ll push through as much as I can!

What is your goal for Week 3? I want this week to be stronger than the first two. I’ve let life get in the way of the last two weeks. Here we grow!!!

Mandy & Georgia

Name: Amanda Cherry

Location: Dayton, Ohio

Strongest 5K Training Plan

5K Goal: Break 30 minutes, but I had a 5K I had already signed up for this weekend and ran a 28:30.00!! My new goal is to beat that!

How did Week 2 of training go? I’m loving the speed work. Coming off a half, it’s nice to have intervals and goals for each run, besides running real long. It’s nice to still have six or seven miles that I can still zone out on. I feel balanced in my running game.

What surprised you about Week 2? Breaking my goal was pretty awesome, and I’m also liking the intervals. It’s such a different way for me to run.

Are you having fun? Totally! It’s a new challenge and running down a goal is hard, scary and fun.

Did you experience any setbacks or speed bumps this week? How did you push through them? I tried to do one minute of a mile at GP with my kids. My 1-year-old was throwing his shoes, and it started thundering, so I did two awful miles. Then I went and did the real workout once my husband was home.

Any thoughts, questions or reflections about Week 2? After my 5K, I was shocked by how my lungs hurt more than my legs. Also, running fast in the heat is puke city. I haven’t yet…but maybe I could.

You are now halfway there!!! How are you feeling about your 5K goal??? I’m hoping to do it again or break it (so I know it wasn’t a fluke!).

What is your goal for Week 3?  My goal is to try and get my speed work done. My husband is out of town so I won’t have the flexibility I usually do. I will have some help, but I’m learning my kids aren’t going to let me do more than two miles in the stroller.

Name: Georgia Scott

Location: Dayton, Ohio

Beginner 5K Training Plan

5K Goal: My 5K goal is to completely RUN a 5K.

How did Week 2 of training go? Week 2 of training was great! I was able to complete all the workouts with no problem!

What surprised you about Week 2? I was surprised by how much stronger I’ve become over the past two weeks. Not only physically with running, but with my cardiovascular system and breathing. Much better in just two weeks!

Are you having fun? Having fun?! I might be! I actually look forward to my workouts now.

Did you experience any setbacks or speed bumps this week? How did you push through them? No setbacks for me this week. I tried the elliptical on a cross-train day, and after two minutes, I was done. Went to the bike and did pretty good.

Any thoughts, questions or reflections about Week 2?  I’ve noticed that even in the short time I’ve been working out, I have more energy at the end of a day and am in an overall better mood.

You are now halfway there!!! How are you feeling about your 5K goal??? I feel a little more confident about achieving my 5K goal every time I work out. I texted my partner after Saturday’s workout and said, “Wow! I think I might actually be able to RUN a 5K!”

What is your goal for Week 3? My goal for Week 3 is to get through Monday’s workout. Wow! Gotta build up my confidence!

And just like that, these awesome ladies are halfway to #BadassLadyGang5K race day! Never underestimate the power of your support system. It’s on those days when you’re struggling to get out the door or fighting self-doubt that they can be an integral part of your success. Lean on your #BadassLadyGang. Support one another. And don’t forget to share your training on Instagram by tagging #BadassLadyGang5K for a chance to be featured on the Women’s Running homepage!

Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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