Fitness, My Weekly Workouts

Fit Foodie Run Training Update + Weekly Workouts

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A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I had been selected to be an ambassador for the Fit Foodie Run in October. There is a 5k and 10k option and I’ve decided to do the 10k which is 6.2 miles.

If you’ve read my blog for awhile you know I mostly run long distances like half marathons/ marathons so doing a 10k is something very very different for me.

For this race I’m really going to challenge myself to get outside my comfort zone! I know I can run 6.2 miles BUT can I do it fast? Ehhhhhhhh probably not.

Sprints, cut down runs, running at actual “race pace” are very scary concepts for a slow and steady runner like myself.

But, to be honest I’m kind of burned out from running long distances right now so this race could not have come at a better time. The thing I love about running is that you can constantly challenge yourself and change your training to the point where it feels like you’re doing a completely different sport. And WOW does my body hurt from this change…I didn’t even know I had some of these muscles in my legs haha.

 

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Fit Foodie Run Training:

The last 10k I ran was in February 2015 where I got a PR of 00:54:18.

Not too shabby…I figure that’s about a 9:00/ mile race pace? 

For the Fit Foodie 10k I want to try to run under 50 minutes which requires you to run at an average pace of 8:02/ mile. I know I have the endurance to run a quality race but it’s the speed I need to work on. 

Just for the hell of it last week I wanted to see how fast I was capable of running so I headed to Lake Miramar which is a flat 5 mile loop to test my speed. My game plan was to run the first 2 miles as a warm up, run the next 2 miles fast then use the last mile as a cool down. 

 

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I was shocked to see that when I really push myself I can run pretty freakin fast. I did 5 miles in 43:24:80 with an average pace of 8:41/ mile. 

I really think before the race on October 22nd I can get my body comfortable running fast enough to do a sub 50 minute 10k.

It’s not going to be easy but I’m always up for a good challenge!

Below is my plan of attack for training this week:

 

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Weekly Workouts:

Let me just saw here I have no idea what I’m doing trying to increase my speed.

With all the running/ training I’ve done I kind of just do whatever makes sense for my body. So for this running shorter, faster distance I want to focus on intervals, cut down runs and still incorporating some distance training.

Looking at this workout schedule I love that instead of just running for 2+ hours I can fit a short, quick run AND some weight lifting in.

This speed thing may not be too awful after all.

  • Monday: Yoga 1.5 at Corepower
  • Tuesday: 3 mile run (1st mile at 8:30 pace then 2 miles at 8:00 pace) + heavy weight lifting chest workout
  • Wednesday: 20 mins of cardio intervals on the treadmill (switching between walking and running an 8:00/ mile pace) + heavy weight lifting back workout
  • Thursday: 5 mile cut down run (9:00, 8:45, 8:30, 8:00, 7:45)
  • Friday: heavy weight lifting shoulder workout
  • Saturday: 8 easy miles (about 9:30-10:00/ mile pace)
  • Sunday: NOTHING!

 

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Your Turn,

What advice would you give me/ anyone trying to improve their speed?

What’s your fastest 10k?

Are you running to Fit Foodie Run?

 

Remember you can use code LIVELEANEATGREEN for 10% off registration of either the 5k or 10k. Register here!

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie September 27, 2016 at 3:12 am

    KILLING IT!! I was shocked with my speed when I trained for a PR half marathon last fall and actually pushed myself to get out of my running comfort zone and work on my speed. It feels SO good getting faster and seeing those times pop up on your watch 🙂
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    • Reply Diana Becker September 27, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Thank you! It’s so easy to get stuck in a running rut so this speed thing has been very rewarding and yes seeing that 7:40 on my watch made my entire week haha!

  • Reply Danielle @ Wild Coast Tales September 27, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Nicely done, that sounds like a great week of workouts! And woohoo for surprising yourself and running fast. I think the fastest 10 km I’ve done is actually during a run club group run! Haha I haven’t raced really any 10 kms. Consistent speed work, hill repeats and running with faster people have all helped me increase my speed.

    • Reply Diana Becker September 27, 2016 at 9:34 am

      I’m not surprised your fastest 10k was with a running group. I always tend to get that little competitive itch and push myself running with people.

  • Reply rachel @ athletic avocado September 27, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I have a lot of admiration for people who run long distances because the farthest run I ever took was a 5K and I can’t imagine running any more than that haha. The only way I “run” is by sprinting miles because I have to for gymnastics lol.
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    • Reply Diana Becker October 3, 2016 at 10:55 am

      And I have a TON of admiration for people who do gymnastics. I was just blown away watching the Olympics how strong you gymnasts are!!

  • Reply Marcia September 27, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    That’s a great week of workouts and I think you can nail your 10k goal! You’re doing great with picking up the pace. I’ve heard great things about the Fit Foodie series so enjoy!

    • Reply Diana Becker October 3, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Thank you! Yeah I’ve heard great things about it too–I’ll do a race recap all about it 🙂

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