Due to health/time limits, I'm only able to exercise four times in the week, and I want two of those times to be working out for strength, not cardio. Is it possible to do two runs a week, obviously taking longer than 10 weeks to finish off, but not lose progress as I go?
Only two runs a week?: Due to health/time limits... - Couch to 5K
As long as you are consistent with your schedule, a few days here and there are going to make little difference. Depending on what strength training you are planning on doing it shouldn't matter which way around you do it, although you won't want to over work any particular muscle group if you are doing it two days following. With regards to running, you obviously don't want to run following a leg workout for example, so choose your strength training wisely if you are planning on doing both alongside one another for the duration of C25K.
Good luck =)
I've got to week 6 by doing an average of less than 2 runs a week. With my other commitments (cycling, work, family) plus the weather recently (not liking running on ice!) it's been slow progress. I have Tuesday evenings and Saturday (early) mornings free to run. If I miss one of those, then it's a minimum of a week between runs.
There's nothing to say that you can't take 2 weeks to do each week on the program. I don't think of it as week 6 really - more like "run group 6" and then I don't stress about the fact that I started in September and it's now January!
Yes, absolutely, I found 3 times a week too much high impact and got over use injuries. Took me ages to finish the programme, and a good long time to build distance. I’m currently preparing for my third half marathon.....I’m not quick, but that doesn’t matter, I still run twice a week.
I do a bit of weights and core training, mainly for upper body strength- otherwise I’d look like a t-Rex 🦖 all big legs and useless arms 😂....
Good luck, slow and steady is the key, remember the programme is a guide, we’re all different. 👍