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.
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.
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:
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!
What advice would you give me/ anyone trying to improve their speed?
What’s your fastest 10k?
Are you running to Fit Foodie Run?
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