My weight loss journey began exactly a month ago today! I decided that enough was enough, and joined Weight Watchers.
From previous weight loss experience, I know that just dieting by itself is not enough for me. When I began WW, I also began a fitness regimen.
I've been alternating between two different types of workout, and I make them fit in when I can. I decided that my two goals were to increase my overall fitness, and also to be able to run (steadily) a 5k by the beginning of October.
Currently, I follow two programs. For one, I go to my local gym for full hour Zumba classes (high intensity), to work on increasing my ability to withstand high impact. As another form of exercise (on the days there's no Zumba), I run on the elliptical, following the WW 'Train to run a 5k' plan, which is similar to C to 5k. I sprinkle in some yoga and toning here and there as well, just to get in something else.
The combination of these two has helped me already lose quite a few lbs, as well as increase my energy, reduce my anxiety, and definitely increase my cardiovascular fitness. However, I'm starting to get concerned about my actual 5k training.
Anyway, my plan is to continue doing what I'm doing, to lose a little more weight. Right now, it's hard for me to do impact stuff because of my right ankle which I broke in early 2011. The ankle is fine now, but I need to have my joint cleared out at some point. Impact is a little hard on my knees as well with carrying so much weight. Additionally, I still have a long way to go with my fitness in general.
Then, my next plan was that about 8 weeks before the first 5k, I would begin doing the WW Couch to 5k again (which is a 6 week program), but this time running outside only. That way, I have the cardiovascular fitness to back it up, and I can work on harder impact training by running outdoors.
It will be my first running event ever, so I want to be sure that I'm doing it right. I'm hoping for a time of a 10-11 minute mile, which is plenty for me at this time. My bigger goal is to just be able to consistently jog the entire race, without walking or feeling like I'm going to keel over. The runs that I have picked out are fun runs, with times coming in anywhere between 17 minutes and 1.5 hours and hundreds of runners. I figured these would be the best beginning runs because speed isn't an issue. They are mostly for local causes and foundations.
Sorry for the book! I figured you would need some background.
My overall question is, does this seem like a reasonable plan, or should I be doing something else to train for this 5k? Is it imperative that I run outside now, even if for one day?
Thank you = ]