10K Training Update – Week 4

Redbud I can’t believe I am 1/2 way through my training! Yahoo! In about four weeks, I’ll be taking this race on! One of the things that I believe will help me come race day is that I train out where I live. I live quite a ways out of town and there are hills everywhere. In fact, in my neighborhood, I am either running up a hill, down a hill or on an incline. There are a few level places, but I found that when I train on this terrain, it makes it much easier come race day. When I run a hill I don’t slow down on the hill. I have found that if I keep my pace going up the hill and really “press” into the hill, then when I hit the top, I can slow my pace for 50-100 yards to get my breath. What I’ve learned is that whether you go slow up a hill or keep your pace up a hill, you will still slow down when you reach the top. At least that is the way it works for me. If you are training for a race, in my very limited experience, I want to challenge you to run where there are inclines or hills. What’s the terrain like where you run?

10K Training Update – Week 3

Redbud I am finishing up week 3 of my training. It’s really getting into my bones. I don’t dread running. (Unless the Oklahoma winds show up and blast me at 30 mph.) (But I still run.) One of the things that I’ve been focusing on is really pressing myself on my weekday runs. I work hard to beat my mile pace and am being successful little step by little step. I can’t tell you how exhilarating it feels to knock off a full minute off my mile pace. Now, I’m finding myself setting goals. These are short runs…anywhere from 2-3 miles. (There was a day when I thought 1 mile was a long run.) If you are a runner, and I still don’t consider myself a runner, have you found yourself getting more and more excited about running races?

10K Training Update – Week 2

I thought I would let you know that I am in training right now to run my first 10K. Redbud (That is 6.2 miles, friends.) The race is on Sunday afternoon, April 10th. I am finishing up week 2 of my training, which is about 8 weeks long. It is going rather well. I stretch and strengthen on Sundays. Run on Mondays, Wednesdays and┬áSaturdays. Walk (fast) on Tuesdays and Fridays. And rest on Thursdays. Am I sore? Yes. Do I take a bunch of Advil? Yesireebob. Am I tired? Uh-huh. Am I feeling it in my joints? You betcher bottom dollar. I’m 40, people. But at the same time, I am enjoying it. I get a thrill, a rush when I push myself on my weekly runs and beat my average mile pace. It’s pretty awesome to see yourself doing something that you never thought you could. And running a 10K at the age of 25, let alone 40 is something I never dreamed I would be able to do. But I’m doing it. Anyone else out there training for an upcoming race?