Entered Pasadena Marathon’s 10k

Pasadena Marathon
I registered for the Pasadena Marathon’s 10k today! It is hard to believe that I couldn’t even run a mile just 5 months ago!

My Journey to a 10k

Before I started meeting with a personal trainer, my hips hurt every time I ran.  Working with my trainer, I was able to build muscle around my joints and running became a breeze.  My trainer started me out with a one minute walk followed by a one minute run for ten minutes total.  After a long three months of this routine, it was time to shoot for a 1 mile run without any walking.  To my surprise it was not very difficult.  A few weeks later, I tried running 2 miles – piece of cake!  Since 2 miles were easy, I thought it would be fun to train for a 5k.  Running 3 miles seemed like a large feat, but I did it!  I had months left before the Pasadena Marathon; I had to shoot for the 10k! So I ran 4 miles, then 5 miles, and now 6 miles!

Below is the schedule that worked best for me

10k Training Table

This training schedule may not work for you. What works for one doesn’t work for all. I met with a physician before I started training for the 10k. And of course, I cheat a little here and there. For instance, I strength trained yesterday (Tuesday) and ran today (Wednesday).

Check out these 5k and 10k training programs I found online:

Coolrunning 5k

Jeff Galloway’s 10k

A few tips I have learned from experienced racers

  • Drink coconut water for electrolytes. Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes. It doesn’t have artificial food coloring like some of the sports drinks out there. It takes a minute to get used to the taste. I enjoy the flavored coconut water!

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  • Eat something light before you run. There is nothing worse than running on a full stomach. Something with protein will stay with you longer during the race.
  • Remember to listen to your body while training to avoid injury.
  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night you train.
  • Take Ice baths (eek!) or use foam rollers for sore muscles.
  • After you run a certain distance, try to improve your pace the next time you run that distance.  For instance, I ran 6 miles this morning for the first time. The next few times I run 6 miles I will try to run a faster pace.
  • As you run, keep your arms low by your waist. Holding your arms up by your chest tires the body faster. (I’m still getting used to this).

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I’d love to hear about your race experiences.  Comment below with tips you have learned.

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