I have entered a 5km around Battersea Park in London for trees for citites.
I have bee running about 5 times a week and upping the milage from nothing to 2 miles. Then I had a foot injury which has taken me down to 3 times a week. So I am concentrating on increasing my distance to 3 miles and running 5 times a week again.
At the moment my sessions are run/walk, increasing the run and decreasing the walk periods. I tend to run around the local lake, and then sometimes of my friends running machine or with my friend near her house (about once a fortnight.)
I went to get fit and be able to run the whole distance without stopping, no matter how slow! :d
Don't worry about how fast you are...most important thing is to get round the course and enjoy the event.That way, hopefully, you'll be bitten by the bug and will want to keep it up.
Your sessions at the moment are good. Try to add some variety in the pace by adding a sprint or 2 to your runs...not too far..say from one lamp post to the next followed by a a walk to the next one and a sprint to the next one. You don't need to increase the distance you are doing at this stage but being able to run, however slowly, 3m before the race will give you confidence on race day.
You'll soon be giving a certain Paula a race I'm sure!
I did it! I did the 5km and in 38minutes. Its the first time I have ever done 5km before. I still had to stop and walk a few times. And my calf muscles got very tight and sore. But overall I feel great - and I even sprinted at the end! :d
It's a great feeling. Well done. I achieved the 5km mark on Tuesday this week for the first time too, and have repeated it on Thursday, and plan to do it again later today (maybe intermixed with a little speed work, or upto 5.5km or 6km). Thay say not more than 10% increase per week.
No need to be scared firekat.....you can do it as you know. Just make sure you get to the event in plenty of time so that you can savour the atmosphere. Just take it easy at the start and don't be tempted to go off too quick.