After a fantastic 5K, I was completely motivated to take on the world of running. My mind was consumed with thoughts of 5Ks, 10Ks, and even 1/2 marathons. I was ready to take my running to the next level.
But where do I start? When I began training for my 5K, the choice was easy- Couch to 5K is a well-known, and highly recommended program. How do I train for longer distances? I’ve already picked a 10K race in April, I just have to be able to run it. So, turning to my good friend Google, I begin my quest to find the right training program for me.
After researching the programs, I decided on Jeff Galloway’s 10K Training. It starts with my level of capability, the times aren’t drastically increased week to week, and the running commitment is only 3 times per week. This will get me to a 10K long before April, which means I have room for a few setbacks. I am not counting on any, but we all know it’s inevitable.
Once again, I will give you a weekly breakdown of my runs. We have been slow getting started, and I’m sure the upcoming holidays will create a few obstacles. Nevertheless, I started this program before Christmas because I didn’t want to be lazy the entire month of December. Let the training begin!!!
Week 1, Workout 1 20-25 min run
I was able to run 21 minutes, covering 1.75 miles. The weather was cool and I feel like I’ve recovered from my cold/cough.
Week 1, Workout 2 20-25 min run
I ran 22 minutes, 1.8 miles. This was a morning run, but the weather was extremely humid. Breathing proved to be a little difficult in the thick air.
Week 1, Workout 3 2 miles
I completed the 2 miles in 23:30. I am beginning to enjoy running again. Although, I was very glad to complete this run.