Some of you may be seasoned runners, some of you may be beginners or maybe have never really RUN before, and others will be somewhere in the middle. One thing I’ve learned throughout my fitness journey (and this applies to anything, not just running) is that EVERYBODY STARTS SOMEWHERE. It’s so easy to get intimidated if you try to compare yourself to someone who’s had a lot more practice and experience. Every person is on their own journey and no 2 will be the same. One thing I can tell you is to JUST START.
Push your fears aside and go. Do it. Because you’ll never improve if you don’t try. Set an attainable goal, then get out there and achieve it! Once you do, set a new goal. And so on and so forth. Don’t compare your progress to someone else’s. Just be proud of what you’ve accomplished and how far you’ve come.
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Going into this year’s 10k training, I am admittedly much further behind than I wanted to be and I have to build my strength and endurance back up. But I know that this is all part of my journey and in the end, it will be a learning experience. Plus, now I have even more motivation to get back to where I once was.
Just like last year’s 10K, I’m not setting a specific time goal (although beating last year’s time would be nice!). I just want to finish. That’s STILL an accomplishment for me, in and of itself. I will still be doing a walk/jog mix because it’s going to be a long time before I’m able to do anything but that (thanks heart!), but I will be so proud of myself if I regain the strength and endurance I had and then some.
I’ve been checking out some run/walk 10K training programs, and they all use intervals (walk x minutes, jog x minutes, repeat x times, etc). I’ve never really done that before, I would usually start out at a brisk walk, throw in some jogging intermittently when I could and for as long as I could, and go back to walking when I got tired, rinse & repeat. So I might try the timed intervals and see how that goes.
It’s tough for me to follow a training plan to a tee though because of my heart, so I will probably just stick to planning out my mileage, and then do my best from there. Like I said, I am not an experienced runner, this is still new to me, so I’m just going to take it day by day. I am probably going to set a daily alarm on my phone as a reminder for my runs though. I don’t want to let my bad habit of making excuses back into my life. 😉
After checking out many different training programs for inspiration, I’ve taken a liking to the Hal Higdon 10K training guide. To be honest, I have heard of Hal Higdon before and seen others use his programs, but I don’t know much about him. I am excited to give it a shot though!
I’m referencing both his Novice 10K Training Program and Walking 10K Training Program. I’ve included skiing on Saturdays but those days are flexible depending on weather, however we usually spend at least 4 hours or more on the slopes so it’s definitely a great cross-training option! I’m excited to finally have this schedule all planned out! It’s definitely going to keep me motivated & on-track. For my cross-training, I have a few different options to choose from between classes at the gym (can’t wait to get back into spinning!) and a plethora of at-home Beachbody workout videos so I don’t think I will get bored. One concern I have going into this race is my knees – I need to get to an orthopedist very soon – so I am going to be researching some good knee-strengthening exercises that I can incorporate into my Mondays. I’m also planning on getting my yoga on on Mondays too. Lastly, one thing I’ve never really done but want to try this year is outdoor running in the winter. I’m kind of a wuss when it comes to the cold weather, I’ll admit, but I’d like to get some of my 10k training runs in outside when possible. Oh, I also included a couple of races that I’d like to maybe run. They aren’t set in stone but I’m hoping to do at least a couple before the 10K 🙂
So there you have it! I will be documenting my 10k training each week, so I hope you’ll stick around! If you’re looking for a race to do in Cleveland, this is one to add to your list. My first Cleveland Marathon event was the 10K last year and I absolutely LOVED IT. I can’t wait to do the half at some point! Stay tuned as I will also be giving away a free race entry later on 🙂
Until next time…