Veterans Day 10K

I did it!  I ran my first ever 10K and beat the goal time I had set for myself!

The Veterans Day 10K was run by Pacers Running Store.  I think they do a nice job with their races, the St. Patrick’s Day race I did in March was run by them as well.

I woke up at 6:15, got dressed and had a piece of peanut butter toast and some water.  At 7 we left and drove into DC.  We found parking fairly close in a small lot near the Tidal Basin and then walked over to the Start/Finish area.  It was a little cool in the morning so I wore an extra layer to keep warm before starting.

VD10K before

Around 7:45 the announcer called for runners to start lining up.  I found a space on the left side towards the back of the middle.  I didn’t want to start too far forward or too far back.

As the clock struck 8, the gun went off and the crowd was off and running!

VD10K Start LineThe course was mostly an out and back loop around Potomac Park, with the water station at the same point in the race (about mile 2 and 4), the front runners were already on their way back when I reached the 2 miles!  I ran the entire way to the first water stop, walked through it then and on the way back.  I also walked a little at the turnaround point and around mile 5 to switch my iPhone from Pandora over to my running playlist to put on some good pump up songs to get me to the finish.

My goal was to finish the race in around 1 hour and 10 minutes but I ended up crossing the finish line in 1:08:42!

VD10K me finishingI was so proud of my time!  I went out a little fast and ended up running the first mile in 10:15 and then settled in to around 11 minutes per mile for the remainder of the race.

I really think those extra three weeks of training made a difference in getting me ready.  In the original 10K training plan I was following, I had done long runs of 5 and 5.5 miles and the race would have been the first time running over 6 miles.  With the extra weeks I did the same 2 weekday runs of 3 miles and 2 miles and got in long runs of 5, 5.5 and 6 miles.  I will definitely keep this in mind when I create plans in the future.

Overall, the race was great.  It was sunny, not too windy and the course was really flat.

Now what to sign up for next?!

VD10K at finish line

Veteran’s Day 10K

I will still get the run my 10K after all.  I found a 10K race in the same park that I was supposed to be running the Boo! Run For Life race in.

The Veteran’s Day 10K is on 11/10 and I am signed up!

To keep up with my long distance running until then I’ve created the following schedule.  I’ll be running 5 and 5.5 miles again and will be able to fit in a 6 mile run that I wouldn’t have gotten in for my original plan.

Week Of Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
13-Oct 5K Rest 3 miles Cross 2 miles Rest 5 miles
20-Oct Yoga Cross 3 miles Cross 2 miles Rest 5.5 miles
27-Oct Yoga Cross 3 miles Cross 2 miles Rest 6 miles
3-Nov Yoga Cross 3 miles Cross 2 miles Rest Rest

I Registered!

This open ended workout plan I have going for myself right now of doing something active at least three times a week just isn’t cutting it.

I thought back to when I was most consistent with working out and I came to the conclusion that it was when there was a specific plan.  For volleyball, there were preseason workouts to follow. For races, there were training plans to follow.

When there is a plan laid out for me to stick to, I generally stick to it. This is not surprising at all to me, I am a planner type person who also likes lists.

I’ve run a 5K and an 8K, so I thought why not do a 10K?  I looked at some of the 10K training plans on the internet and most of them were 8 weeks long.  In the other races, I used the Hal Higdon plans as my base and found them to be manageable so I decided to use his plan again. I’d really like to make it through the race with minimal walking breaks so I added an additional 6 weeks of training to the plan to slowly build up my mileage before officially starting the Higdon plan.

After creating the training plan, I looked for a race for sometime in October.  Luckily there was a local 10K so I registered!! I will be running in the Boo! Run for Life 10K on Sunday October 13th.

Boo 10K Logo

The course looks like it will be fun to run near the monuments and along the river.

Boo 10K course

I’m starting my training plan on Monday July 1st.  I’ll be doing 2 runs during the week, plus a long run on the weekend at a minimum.

The plan recommends a stretch and strengthen day, so I’m thinking I’ll use yoga for this.  It also recommends 2 cross training sessions per week as well.  I’m going to start slow here since I think its pretty ambitious to go from 1 or 2 workouts a week to 6 so I need to pace myself.  It will help to have volleyball league on Thursdays until mid August to count as my cross training, although we’re off next week for 4th of July.  In my opinion the runs are the most important and the other workouts are just supplementary.

Here is my week 1 schedule.

Week Of Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
30-Jun Yoga 1 mile run 20 min cross 1 mile run 20 min cross Rest 1.5 mile run