I’m Gonna Do It
Hi friends 😀
The other day I was searching upcoming races near Boston, MA for the fall and stumbled across an all women’s 10k for the Tufts Health Plan. I am a grad student with Tufts University, and a women (duh), so this particular race sparked my interest.
The reason I was looking up races to begin with is because lately I’ve been wanting to train for one. I’ve mentioned before that I like to run, it just doesn’t always like me (you can read that here). Whenever I read about Tina’s half-marathon training, Alyssa’s marathon training, and Janae’s return to running after an injury, I get an itch to run more. Granted, I have no desire to run a half or full marathon…6.2 miles is PLENTY for me, but it would also still be a challenge. I recently read Cely’s blog post about creating a training plan and loved that she said she prefers to run only 3 days a week, and follows training plans for that.
I can totally run 3-days a week. In the past I’ve always run 5-6 days a week and that’s usually when things go downhill. My joints yell at me and my stomach sends me running (literally) to the bathroom. But 3 days? And no back to back days of running? I think my body and I can handle that. Also, I sometimes get bored with running when I’m doing it just to do it. I think that having an end goal and a plan to follow will really help motivate me! Plus, with 3 other exercise days I can still switch things up and strength train the way I like to.
So, I’m gonna do it. I’m going to register for the race!
Last night I went to the Runner’s World website and created a training plan through their Smart Coach. This plan calls for running 4 days a week- with 2 easy days, a speedwork or tempo run day, and a long run day. I’m just not going to do one of the easy days. I’ll cross-train on that day instead. Also, I plan on running pretty damn slow, especially for my long runs. This is not about the time for me…it’s about the distance and actually finishing it.
I started this morning with a tempo run! It consisted of an easy warm-up mile, 3 miles at a faster pace, and an easy cool-down mile. I can’t tell you the last time I’ve run 5 miles. Actually I think it’s probably been about a year. But, since I went slow and didn’t push myself too hard I actually felt really great during the run! Don’t get me wrong, I was very tired at the end…but I made it through without any stomach or joint issues :). Woo hoo!
Also, I’ve been a hungry beast all day haha. I’m gonna have to make sure to fuel myself properly on days that I have longer runs. My body isn’t used to exercising for over an hour and it’s definitely going to need more food!
Hope you all have a great Wednesday night!
Have you ever run a race before? What distance?
Have you ever trained for an athletic event? What did you learn from it?