I’ve run 3 half marathons and oodles of 5Ks, but when it comes to 10K races I have some sort of mental block. 6.2 miles is right in the middle of too short and too long, so it should be fairly comfortable, yet this distance has always been my racing unicorn.
To remedy this, I’m running a trail relay in April (taking the 6.5 mile leg) and the Borgess Run 10K in May. Are you sitting down, Reader? I’m training for these races. Yep. I’m using a modified version of Hal Higdon’s intermediate 10K training program and it’s already kicking my butt.
Here’s what a typical week looks like between now and the first week of May:
No sweat, and #nosleeptilBorgess
Training recap time! Long story short, distance running is back in my routine and my last two training sessions made me wonder if the gym staff would be offended when I unapologetically puked on their nice wooden floor. I added magnesium into my daily supplement regimen to convince my muscles I don’t really want them to die.
- Lunge walks with a 25lb plate, starting with the weight center and dropping it to the side and curling back up with each lunge. My arms are w-e-a-k
- Broad jumps hugging a 16lb slam ball, then alternating broad jumps and actual slams
- FIFTEEN minutes on the upside down Bosu Ball with a 25lb plate, alternating plate placement at chest level, stomach level, out in front, right side, left side
- Plank seal walk with slide plates; sumo squat jumps with 16lb slam ball 10x; slam ball 10x; plank seal walk back
- Bosu ball: balance on one leg with 25lb plate, step off to opposite leg and balance on floor
- Jump rope 30 seconds (no misses), paired with
- Speed stripper squat jumps (TRX assisted) for 60 seconds
- Weighted raised split leg ab crunches
And my trainer wants me to score two goals in one game this week. Wish me luck!
now bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible – Wm. Shakespeare
With 2016 and the big 4-0 just around the corner, my desire to run a sub-2 half marathon is growing. I still have some time to decide which race to PR: the Borgess Run or the Park2Park? The latter has a gorgeous, inspirational beach view at Mile 7, but the Borgess Run with its killer hills would leave me feeling more accomplished (and possibly more injured). It’s difficult to train for the springtime Borgess Run because I usually suffer through a terrible mid-winter sinus infection that knocks weeks off of my training schedule, but I’ve run this race twice [respectably] with little-to-no training so it can be done. Park2Park training would start in July, after Ramadan. I’d be a little shaky to start but it can also be done… soooo, I should probably do both.
Both is good.
Drank most of the day yesterday, walked 4 miles, played 1.5 hours of soccer, stayed up to watch the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, drank half a bottle of wine more, up at 0611 this morning, at the race site by 0740, packet pickup, one last poop (yeah, that happens), and 0825 start. Ran negative splits straight through; happy with the effort, extremely happy I didn’t run the half marathon again.
Beautiful day for a race!
Get Ur Freak On | Missy Elliott
One of my top pace songs for running – and Lord knows I need to pace these days. Also has the best motivational lyrics for racing:
Listen to me now
Im lastin’ twenty rounds
And if you want me
Then come and get me now