As we head into the winter months we also head into Marathon Madness! You’re probably a little surprised at this statement, but it’s true! The New York City Marathon usually falls on the first Sunday of November, but unfortunately due to Sandy the Marathon was cancelled.
Most of us won’t actually do a full marathon which is normally 26 miles long, EEK! I would be more apt to do a 10K marathon, that’s only 6 miles. You agree? Great! So let’s look into what one would have to do in order to be ready for a 10K. I’m going to keep calling it a 10K marathon because it sounds like way more miles than it actually is!
Okay, let’s all assume that we all have never ran a 10K marathon before. Why don’t we cut the bs and just say we haven’t ever really ran before at all, but you walk a lot! It’s suggested that you work your way up to running 2 miles easily. That should take about 8 weeks. I know! Marathons are no joke, even 6 mile ones!
Since I’m sort of a novice and I’m hoping most of you are too, here’s what needs to be done before we kick it into high gear:
Week one: Walk for six minutes, then jog at an easy pace for one minute. Repeat three times. Aim for three sessions with that same sequence for week one.
Week two: Walk for five minutes, then jog for two minutes. Repeat three times. Aim to do three sessions in week two.
Week three: Walk for three minutes, then jog for four minutes. Repeat four times. Aim for three sessions in week three.
Week four: Walk for two minutes, then jog for five minutes. Repeat four times. Shoot for three of those sessions in week four.
Week five: Walk for two minutes, then jog for eight minutes. Repeat three times. Do three of those sessions in week five.
Week six: Walk for two minutes, then jog for nine minutes. Repeat three times. Try to do three sessions for week six.
Week seven: Walk for one minute, then jog for 11 minutes. Repeat three times. Do three sessions this week.
Week eight: Congratulations on making it to week eight! For your first run this week, try walking for five minutes to begin and end the workout, and run for 20 minutes in between. By the end of the week, try to run for 30 minutes without stopping.
Now after that?
You’ll have to wait for next week’s post. Right now, consider yourselves Marathon runners in training!