I signed up for the Runners World 10k yesterday! It is this Saturday in Bethlehem. I have never ran a 10k before…. but I am excited!
I have wanted to try one for a while, and just a couple weeks ago, I realized the Runners World Half and Festival is coming back to my home town!
Rodale is actually located in Emmaus, which is right near Bethlehem. So this is kind of cool because there will be a pre-race dinner with the Runner’s World editors (for the more serious runners, aka half marathoners!), as well as lots of awesome speakers, seminars, and events at the Festival.
These past 2 weeks, I have been debating whether or not to just do the 5k, or go for the 10k.… I went for a 4.5 mile run 2 weeks ago (the day I found out about the races) just to see how I would do. I don’t think I have ever just went out and ran 4.5 miles for the heck of it. I can play sports, I can do bootcamps, but running distances is not my thing!
So, the 4.5 miles was not terrible, it was on a flat trail and I did it without stopping or getting a cramp, so that was an accomplishment in its self! I did not set any records and it was by no means fun, but I did it.
Yesterday, I hit up the flat trail again and did 4 miles…it actually was not too bad. So last night I decided, what the hey, I might as well sign up for the 10k!
Yes, it would have been nice to prepare more, yes it would have been nice to actually train for it…..but oh well! I will just do my best, take it slow, and try to enjoy the run!
I really only have about 5 days until Saturday morning when I must run the longest run I have ever ran in my life…yikes! But some people are doing the Hat Trick: a 5k, a 10k, and a half! So I can suck it up!!
I read many runners’ blogs on a regular basis and admire them for being able to run so much, and maybe one day something will click and I will enjoy running that much…..but I have been running since I was a teenager and it has not happened yet, so I am not holding my breath!
My 5 Day Prep Plan for the Runners World 10k
Eat a wholesome breakfast and dinner every day
Drink 64 oz of water each day (try to drink the majority at work when sitting at my desk)
Get up and walk around at work every hour or two to stretch/ move legs
Try to go for an hour walk this week
Do two ab workouts this week
Keep exercises for legs minimal – allow them to rest!
Run a few hills on Tuesday
Do yoga on Wednesday
Make pasta dinner on Thursday and/or Friday
Get 8 hours of sleep each night
Here is a lil 20 minute Tabata workout for your core that I completed this morning….it can just be done in front of the TV, no equipment required!
Any one else running in the Runners World races next week?
And tips for a newbie runner running their first 10k?