During my Akron Marathon Relay recap, I talked about how I had recently felt like I’d lost my running mojo but doing the relay helped bring it back. Sunday afternoon while giving my legs some time to recover I was thinking of putting together some kind of exercise plan for the last three months of the year and then I realized I am ten weeks away from the Christmas Story 10K! I haven’t run a 10K as the complete distance in about two years. I’ve done longer distances in that time but not a 10K specifically and I don’t want to be lazy about it and assume that just because I’ve done half-marathons and such that 6.2 miles will be easy.
So I decided to start a new series called Training Tuesday that will be like my Half-Marathon Monday posts from last spring.
There are two very big things that are different with this training versus all of the other training I’ve done over the years. The first is that I’ve built in one day a week to add in some speed work.
Now, make no mistake. I’m a slow runner and I fully anticipate always being a slow runner. But I can still work on being less slow than I currently am. Lately I’ve been running 16 minute miles, which I’m happy with considering through the summer I was seeing miles closer to 17 and 18 minutes. That said, when I ran this same race in 2013 I had a 15:42 average which means I need to put some work in if I want to have a better finish this time around so I’ve built in one day a week to do some speed drills.
The other thing I have that’s new is my Believe Training Journal.
I first heard about this from my friend Jamie, who posted about it while training for the Akron Marathon and as soon as I saw a picture of it I knew I had to have one.
This little journal is magical, you guys and helps me set goals of all kinds: food, fitness, personal, etc. Each day I write down my exercise — and it should be noted this was written by two runners so it’s very runner information heavy — and at the end of the week give a rundown of how the past seven days went. Then after few weeks they have a longer Check In reflection page to see how you are doing on all of your goals. There are sections for writing out Race Day Plans (which helped calm some of my nerves regarding the Relay) and then you write short little Race Recaps, too.
It lasts an entire year and I’m already planning on buying a new one when this one is all done next August. In the meantime, I can’t wait to see how it helps me over the next ten weeks as I train for my 10K!
Love from the ashes,