Last week I touched upon Marathon season. That was a bit of a tease. This week we’re really going to delve into what it takes to run a 10K, which is about 6.2 miles, successfully.
A lot goes into running a marathon, as one would imagine. Running isn’t easy and if you all run/jog you know it takes stamina. Stamina is crucial to your performance when running a marathon. So in order to get to that 10K goal, you must first condition. Please read this, before reading below. I want you to all take advantage of the marathon season upon us…without hurting yourselves.
So after you’ve worked your way up to a running/jogging pace by completing 2 miles somewhat effortlessly, here are some key points to get you to run the 10K like a true runner.
SHOES! Shoes, play a big factor on your marathon and your conditioning. If you already run a bit; say 10-20 miles a week, that’s only 2 miles 5 days a week, then you need to invest in a new pair. I love this, more shopping means a happier Bianca, I’m sure a lot of you can relate.
Commitment. You need to give this new running relationship some time. You must put aside at least 4-5 times a week to run. This doesn’t mean neglecting your regular weight-lifting or yoga. Staying in shape like you always do is imperative, that’s why incorporating your new running regimen won’t be super easy. Be happy though, running a regular marathon, about 26 miles, takes 18 weeks to prep for;a ll you need to prep for a 10K is 8 weeks!
Last, but not least tip:
Make a schedule for yourself. It’s always easier to make a schedule outlining your weekly goals and the 10K won’t seem so scary and you’ll be able to push yourself more. For me, I know when I literally see something in front of me, it makes it that much more real.
This schedule doesn’t look too unreasonable, right? Get out there and start your training for that marathon you have always wanted to run. I promise it’s a lot easier than you think.
Happy Marathon Season,