Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Running: 10K Training Starts

I come with awesome running news! In 19 days I will be running the Green 6.2 Race (a 10K) and I am so excited about it! It’s been 11 weeks since the Houston Marathon happened, which makes it a great time to get out there and compete again.

My pre-marathon training strategy is: be ready to complete a half marathon at any point. After I rested from the 26.2 miles I earned, I started to build my miles back up. I kept the cross training going and paid a little more attention to strengthening my core muscles. My long runs reflect the mileage I'd run in order to be ready for a 13.1-mile race.

You must remember my race recap from last year’s race. The Green 6.2 has a special place in my heart because it was my first Texas race. I finished it in 1 hour and 5 minutes. I noticed that this was a Houston Marathon qualifier and I saw the pace team out there. This year I am going for a PR and if I am so blessed, I’d love to finish it in 51 minutes. I guess I’ll have to wait til race day so see how I do.
Crossing the Finish Line in 2013

For now, my training continues. I already know what I am doing as far as long runs go thanks to my running buddies who are the best - I appreciate them all! I am taking tempo runs more seriously for the next weeks before the race. I am taking them so seriously, I have even programmed my Garmin so that I know my pace. I have never programmed my Garmin before (Ha!).

As far as nutrition goes, I will make sure that I drink plenty of fluids daily and eat the best nutrition. My challenge is to stay away from the stuff that is not a necessity for my body such as added sugars. My personal challenge is to stay away from desserts and substitute them with grapefruits.
Move over desserts, we're sticking with fruit. I hope...

I love competing and I am looking forward to having a great time. I will not take myself and this experience so seriously that I forget to go in and keep a smile on my face while I race through beautiful City Center.

I want to invite you to join me. Green 6.2 is a run/walk race. I hope to see you out there but if you’re too far away to join me, come back for a big surprise, for 2 training updates and for my race recap.

Thanks for reading and Happy Running!