10k, 5k, running, training

5K/10K Training Tuesday: Week Two

Monday: 1.12 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 1.06 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 1.13 miles
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Rest

Through a series of random situations I did no cross-training this week. Mondays I often do Zumba at lunch at work, but I had plans Monday night and because I sweat so much my hair is always a serious hot mess and I don’t usually have time to shower and so I skipped Zumba. Then, because of said Monday plans, I was out late and so Tuesday morning spinning didn’t happen. Then Thursday’s Zumba class got cancelled because the instructor didn’t feel well. On Saturday I did spend a good hourish walking in place but that was mostly because I wanted to binge watch The West Wing on Netflix but I couldn’t in good conscious do that knowing how lazy my long weekend was going to be, so I made myself walk in front of the screen.

With regards to running, this time around I’m doing something new with my training.

I’m doing the 5K/10K Challenge as a Cleveland Marathon Ambassador and I’m less concerned about the 5K than the 10K — I just have to practice running multiple days in a row like that.

The thing is, I haven’t run a lot of 10Ks just as 10Ks. That is, I’ve run half-marathons which obviously include 10Ks but the 10K as a single distance is still not something I’m super comfortable with. My last one was back in December but before that it had been two years so this is still a somewhat unfamiliar distance for me.

Sissy is planning on running it with me (well, not with me-with me since she’s faster, but you know what I mean) and she mentioned how she found a Couch-to-10K app to use to up her mileage and I thought that sounded like a really good idea. So I downloaded it myself and that’s what I’ve been using. It’s also why my miles above are a bit wonky, since the program is timed based, not distance based.

I used C25K when I first started running and I liked how it uses intervals to work you up to running the full distance. I use intervals regularly now but I sometimes wonder if I use those intervals as an excuse to not push myself harder. To push my pace, push my ability and especially push myself to a place of being uncomfortable while running.

Because I use 30 second intervals, I never get to that place of being uncomfortable and if I’m feeling particularly crazy, when using those intervals I’ll sometimes run for a full minute every once in awhile but that’s it.

As I’m writing my book, I miss running. Like, really running. Running longer distances. I don’t mind being slow and I’m not saying that using intervals mean you’re not a real runner. I mean, of course you’re still a runner, but for me I think I’m at a point where I’ve given myself a bit too much slack and have allowed myself to get lazy. I’ve been running for four years now, it’s time to start pushing myself again, to making myself uncomfortable and the app is doing that. But it’s also showing me that I can run for those longer periods of time than just 30 seconds and if I keep at it maybe I’ll be able to either get back to running completely or still utilizing intervals but with longer periods of running.

If nothing else, using the C210K app is making the treadmill far less boring because it keeps me engaged and the change of pace makes things interesting. I also am taking advantage of my Amazon Prime account, which allows you to temporarily download TV shows and movies to your device so that means I can watch stuff on my iPad Mini while on the treadmill in my building! I hate using data to stream and my apartment Wi-Fi obviously doesn’t extend as far as I’d need it to.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

3 thoughts on “5K/10K Training Tuesday: Week Two”

  1. OK, so I'm saying this without ever having used the app so I have no idea what it looks like as far as a training plan goes. But, you should push yourself one run a week. Push distance, not pace. I'm not saying don't use intervals, I know many runners who use intervals in races. But one run a week, make the run part a little longer. Just my 2 cents ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Oh for sure! I'm still a couple weeks out from when I'd really need to start training, this is more something to keep me going until that happens.

    I always do a mash-up of training programs so this is nothing new ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. I'm working on training for a 10K as well (my first!), and I'm currently running 2:1 intervals, hoping to be up to comfortably running 4:1 intervals by the race at the end of March. We'll see how it goes. I tried shorter intervals, but I felt like just when I reached my “groove,” it was time to walk again.

    Good luck!


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