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So I’m Running a 10k…

So.  As I said in my Project Life post over the weekend, I signed up to run a 10k in Chicago in August! As excited as I am to run the race (and hang out with Stina and Mindy) I have no training plan. And that kind of concerns me.

My current “plan” is to run twice a week.  That isn’t much of a plan, I know.  No times or distances – and I think that needs to change.  I should probably run more than 3 miles at a time, and run for a longer amount of time, to make myself more confident about running a 10k – since it will more than likely be the longest and farthest I’ve ever run.

So.  How do I make a better plan?  Well, I know that I still need to run at least twice a week, that isn’t debatable. Slow, steady, consistency is key for me for my body. But beyond that, I have no idea how to make a training plan.  So, I did a little bit of internet searching and found a Hal Higdon Novice 10k plan that seemed pretty reasonable for an 8 week plan.  (My race is 10 weeks away, but I figured a couple weeks of cushion wouldn’t be a bad idea.) I don’t know that I’m going to to follow the non-running (strength and cross-training) recommendations on that plan, or do the runs on the exact days of the week that they are suggested (I might do M/W/Sat instead of T/Th/Sun depending on my schedule) but I’m going to definitely use it for the mileage for the different days, and as a way to hold myself accountable.


Now I have a plan. With mileage (farther than I’ve ever run before!) and everything.  I guess that makes it real! I’m hoping that having a plan will keep me better on track and I will feel more prepared when race day comes. I’m pretty confident about running a 5k distance right now, so hopefully by the end of this I will work myself up to being confident about a 10k distance, too! I’m also hoping that the weather cooperates so that I don’t end up having to run in rainy or crazy hot weather…that is probably what I don’t usually have a “plan” because if I don’t have to run on crummy weather days, I won’t…although that is going to have to change since I am going to be training for another 10k (WDW!!) in January and I guarantee there will be days that I am forced to choose between running on ice and snow, or on the treadmill.  oy.

For the sake of accountability  I am hoping to blog about my “training” more, and of course tweet about it a lot too! You can also follow my progress on Daily Mile!

Anyone have 10k training words of advice for me?!

6 Responses

  1. Would you believe that, although I’ve run plenty of 5Ks, a couple half marathons and even a full marathon, I’ve never run a 10K? I know…

    That said, I trust and support 100% the Hal Higdon approach for any distance with appropriate lifestyle modifications. His plan got me through marathon training.

    A word of caution though: CROSS TRAIN! Any time you move from one distance to the next, you need to incorporate active recovery, cross training and strength training to ensure you can cover that new distance without injury.

    So, if you want to run 2-3 days a week, you should really make it a point to cross train (even lightly) or strength train (15 minutes) 2 more days a week. It will save you. Trust me.

    I ran 10 times better (mentally and physically) and I ran faster, even, because I made it a point to cross and strength train. Don’t like to ride the bike to use the elliptical (because you don’t have a gym membership)? Just go for a walk or do some at-home bodyweight stuff. It will work wonders. I promise.

    • I guess you’ve got a good point.

      I mean, I’d like to think my non-running days would be spend doing something active…but I should probably know myself better than that and at least plan some kind of other activities into the plan. (especially when it comes to training for that 10k in January…)

      I have a feeling that once I start running more than 2-3 miles at a time I will really need to focus more on strength and stretching so that my body is not just constantly angry with me!

      p.s. thanks for all of your encouragement and support on Twitter!! 🙂

  2. Hooray for running a 10K! I’m so excited to hang out with you and Mindy and cheer you into your first 10K!!

    I have to agree with Kayla on the cross training thing. I used to be really, really bad about cross training and strength training. I’d always vow to do it, but it was rare that I actually did it.

    However, in the last year, I’ve gotten much better about both, and I really have noticed a huge difference in my running and recovery.

    (That said, you won’t die if you don’t do it so….)

    • Yeah the fact that I won’t die if I don’t do it is pretty much the reason that I am ok with committing to a 10k, but not any farther distance than that because at that point I feel like it would be pretty necessary to do something active on non-running days and I don’t think I can be that hardcore. 🙂

  3. Another ditto on the XTing! It seriously does make a difference. Yoga has been incredible for me, but find what works for YOU! SO EXCITED for you!! Can’t wait for August!

    • I would LOVE to do yoga more. It is just hard to find classes that fit into my schedule – not to mention the cost of yoga classes :/ I know, I could do it at home with DVD’s or whatever, but it just isn’t the same.

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