Can I really run 6 Miles?!?!

So, you might remember when I tried working out with Jillian.  For a few weeks I worked on completing the workouts at each of the levels.  While I was feeling it during the workout, I wasn’t feeling satisfied with the workout as a whole in the end.  I’ve been reading on Twitter about a lot of people doing C25K, and another friend who just completed a half marathon so I was inspired to start running again.  Last year I did a 5K and felt great.  I have a few already planned for the year but wanted to do more.

I decided I was going to work on be able to run a 10K.  6 miles?!?!  Yikes!  I found a program on MarathonRookie.com and today was the first day!  I successfully ran my 25 minutes this morning.  I’m hoping to keep a little tracker widget on how many miles I’ve run throughout the training program.

The training schedule:

7-Week 10k Training Schedule

Week 1: Monday – Run 25 minutes, Tuesday – Run 2 miles, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Run 30 minutes, Friday – Off, Saturday – Run 3 miles, Sunday – Off

Week 2: Monday – Run 30 minutes, Tuesday – Run 2 miles, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Run 35 minutes, Friday – Off, Saturday – Run 45 minutes, Sunday – Off

Week 3: Monday – Run 40 minutes, Tuesday – Run 3 miles, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Run 40 minutes, Friday – Off, Saturday – Run 4 miles, Sunday – Off

Week 4: Monday – Run 30 minutes, Tuesday – Run 2 miles, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Run 35 minutes, Friday – Off, Saturday – Run 60 minutes, Sunday – Off

Week 5: Monday – Run 3 miles, Tuesday – Run 50 minutes, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Run 35 minutes, Friday – Off, Saturday – Run 70 minutes, Sunday – Off

Week 6: Monday – Run 20 minutes, Tuesday – Run 3 miles, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Run 20 minutes, Friday – Off, Saturday – Run 75 minutes, Sunday – Off

Week 7: Monday – Run 20 minutes, Tuesday – Run 2 miles, Wednesday – Off, Thursday – Light 20 minute jog, Friday – Off, Saturday – Race Day, Sunday – Off

The unfortunate part is that there are no actual 10K races in the area for a while (like November).  I would much rather do my running in the spring, it’s so hot in the summer and the fall is hit or miss.  The result?  On “Race Day” KC says he is going to sit at the trail and wait for me to make my 3 laps and cheer me on, isn’t he sweet.

I’m hoping that in the end I’ll be able to finish and run more races throughout the year.  I am running the Angels Among us 5K, Saturday the 24th (fits in perfectly with my training schedule) and I’m hoping to run in the Komen Race for the Cure, Saturday June 12th.

In preparation for all of this running, I convinced KC to venture to a Nike Outlet nearby and a Dicks Sporting Goods so I could buy some Dri-Fit attire.  I had great success, Dri-Fit capris were 50% off and a few Nike Pro Dri-Fit Shirts.  Also some socks from Reebok that I hope will help with blisters.  Only probably with shopping at the outlets, is that You can’t find it online afterwards, so you’ll have to take my word for it!

Anyone have any running tips to share?  Blister tips (on toes)?  Are you trying a new program to help shake up your workout routine?

P.S.  I’ve been trying to integrate a google calendar in a post or a widget but haven’t had much luck.  I’m just using the basic (free) WordPress platform, no plugins or anything.  Anyone know if this is possible?  Do I need to upgrade WordPress or anything to get this to work?  Your help would be appreciated.  I like the WordPress interface but there are some more options on blogger that are drawing me there.

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