Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Runner's World and getting ready for the 10k

Hope you guys had a great long weekend.  I really enjoyed it.  It was nice and hot and somewhat relaxing.  Tuesday on the other hand was slow moving.  I was feeling sluggish and tired.  I like to have the free day (Monday) but then when it's time to get back to work it almost seems harder than having a regular weekend.  Something came in the mail to brighten my evening!  Runner's World!!  I know what I will be doing tonight...

Over the weekend I think I ate 16 Handles 3 times.  It is just so good and the best treat that whenever I am in the city with Scott we can't seem to pass it up.


On the 4th we spent the morning with Scott's family at the park.  It was so much fun.  They are moving to Texas soon and we are so sad to see them go.  I keep trying to get my sisters to move out here but have had no luck yet.

On to the daily grind...

My 10k race is this Saturday so I have been skipping through the Run Less Run Faster 10k training plan.  I had 2 weeks to prep where as the training plan is 16 weeks.  I am really doing this run to see where my fitness level is before my marathon training begins.  Last week  I did the week 16 training and today I skipped all the way to week 2.  So this was Monday's workout.

10-20 min warm up with 3 x 1600 mile repeats with 1:00 RI then 10 min cool down.

This is how it went down.  No I did not do all 3 miles.  I was debating on if I was going to do another workout which was only 2 x1600s with 1 x 800 so because I never really made up my mind I just ended up stopping early in my last mile.  Has that ever happened to you?  I was supposed to run the mile repeats at 6:59, I didn't quite get there.  Split 4 and Split 7.  I also changed it and walked 200 instead of 1 min rest.  I wanted to rest longer.  My last mile repeat was Split 10 and you can see that I just pooped out at .80.  So I was almost there but feeling super sluggish.

I was tired from the get go, it was super hot and humid and I was dripping before I even got to the track.  I am really hoping Saturday will not be as humid.

I am doing a tempo run Wednesday(today) then yoga and tracy Thursday and rest Friday before the race.

I guess what I am most curious about is in the Run Less book it gives a chart that will help you determine whether or not your PR time can be achieved, if you are using the book to get faster how do you judge in the beginning what you can and cannot do.  I know confusing right, so IF I can run a 1:45 half then I should be able to run my PR goal but that is why I am training.  I shouldn't be able to run that now I would think.  I am supposed to work up to running that so then I get confused on where to really start.  Does any of this make sense??

Anyways we will see how the race goes.  I will race Saturday and then one week off before the real training begins!

So any thoughts about where to start?

Also do you guys eat any Gu's before or during a 10k?  I usually don't but thought maybe I would give it a whirl this time.



  1. I have been debating about subscribing to Runner's World for a while. I always enjoy reading it but my running is much more recreational than racing. That issues looks good though. Oddly, I am fascinated by 1/2 marathons even though I have no interest in running one.

  2. I love Runner's World and was flipping through it last night. Can't wait to finish tonight. I have never done any GU before a 10k race or during. Give it a whirl..sometimes I get a bit drained by mile 5 and that would definitely be a pick em up.

  3. I have never run a 10K so I don't have any suggestions. But I can't wait to hear how it goes and how you are liking your training from Run Less, Run Faster. I bought the book awhile ago and read some of it but can't seem to get through it

  4. A Gu before a 10k certainly couldn't hurt. I think the packet says 15 minutes before or something like that? I'd give it a shot if I were you. I did get the new RW but haven't had a chance to sit down and read it yet. I just signed up for another 1/2 a month before my marathon, so I'm looking forward to the tips. Great job on the workout, I feel with you the weather these days, it really makes any kind of run a challenge.

  5. I would GU before hand. The race goes by pretty fast! I think in my training I was able to guage my finish time by what I could comfortable run 17 miles at. It ended up being a great indicator. My marathon finish time was exactly what my half marathon time was doubled plus 8 minutes.

  6. Good luck at the 10k! I think you will definitely suprise yourself. I would go with a gu about 10 minutes before race time. It will give you the extra burst of energy you need.

    Also my speedwork today was a lot like yours. Had big plans and my legs just weren't in it. At least you got 2 mile repeats in at great times. Can't be dissapointed in that.

  7. Good luck on the 10K! I usually don't do Gu during a 10K, but if I ran one now, I'd take a bottle of Gatorade with me for a boost. The one I ran back in April, I just ran and didn't even drink (mostly because it was pouring rain and it seemed silly to stop for water :P)

  8. Hey Sarah, thanks for the comment on my blog. I love finding new blogs to read. Your blog is so cute. I love that you do it with your sisters. I'm going to add it to my blog roll. Good luck with your 10K!

  9. I had some of the same questions on Run less Run Faster. Not sure if I should ALREADY be able to run the 5k and 10k/half in the specified times or not. Surely we get faster through all the weeks of training, right? I'm not on that plan but I'm leaning towards it--starting marathon training soon here too!

  10. go for the GU, it can't hurt, right? i totally get what you are saying about your training- you shouldn't be at that point right now- that is why you are I get what you're saying, but don't have any advice (I've never read the book...) i'm excited to hear how it goes! AND I CAN COMMENT!!! YEAH!!!

  11. I love when my Runner's Worlds come in the mail! Always makes me happy:). Hmm, I am not sure about the pace stuff for the Run Less Run Faster program, either. I hope to follow that program for my fall marathon (I just ordered the book today!). I am always a little confused by that concept, too. Even when it training plans say to run "5k pace," for example, I'm like, does that mean my current 5k pace or the pace I'm TRYING to train for? Haha:). As far as the Gu's, I usually don't take any unless I'm running something 10 miles or over, but I have sometimes taken one before the start of a shorter race.

  12. If u need the GU, you need it so go for it! If it helps, what the hell right! Also I love the fro yo places I am totally with you although we have pinkyberry and berryline here no 16 handles :(


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