It's that time again for another race training! My favorite race of the year is The Pit Run 10k every October in Oneonta, NY. Even though it is held in my little hometown, it draws a pretty huge crowd and has tons of runners. You can either run the 5k, the 10k, or even do the 2 mile stroll. I have now run the 10k twice; the first time was only a few months after I started running and I clocked in at 1 hour and 14 minutes. Last year I shaved my time down by 10 minutes which was pretty exciting. This year my goal is to be under 1 hour. However those of you who know this 10k course, know that this course is not easy at all. It has a huge hill that starts a little after 2.5 miles and lasts for about one mile. It's pretty rough and your legs feel like jelly afterwards, but after completing the course you feel like you're on top of the world! I am a bit nervous about reaching my goal of under one hour, but I have friends, determination, and a training guide that will help me get there!
So instead of finding a training guide that just helps you prepare for the mileage of the race, my running buddies and I found a guide that helps you achieve a faster pace. I have always used and loved Hal Higdon's training guides so we looked into his intermediate guide for speed work and think it will be great for us.
So as you know, since I am a designer and love creating beautiful things, I always try to find ways to use design in everything I do. So every time I follow a training schedule, I recreate it to make it look pretty. =) If you want, check out my 15k Training Guide For Novices and my Half Marathon Training Guide for Novices!
I always have to tweak my schedules to make sure they fit in with doing long runs on Saturdays since that is the best time for my running buddies and me. We also have to make sure it works with our amazing fitness class (OBX) that we all attend 2-3 times a week.
Below is our training schedule that starts this coming Monday! You can download and print it HERE. Or you can download and print the more general training schedule HERE. I am very excited about this 10K, and am happy I have friends to do it with. It really is great timing for me too because I have been so horrible with running ever since the Half Marathon a few months ago, and really need to get back on track (pun intended).
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about running in general. I am certainly not an expert by any means, but I have learned a few things over the last couple of years especially involving runner's knee. I hope you all have an excellent rest of your summer and maybe I will see some of you out there on the road training this fall!