Thursday, March 31, 2011
In my last post, I was strategizing about the 10k I will run next Fall. I've had some more training strategy ideas.
I know that, with the start of a new school year in the Fall, and all the attending stress, my exercising always falls back several steps at that time of year. So, my goal this year is to be completely prepared for the 10k by July or August. Then, when school starts, just aim to maintain that level of mileage and speed through September and October.
In race related news, another family member is joining the race. My sister-in-law's son has signed up too. It will be his first ever race, so I wish him good training and happy running. He is in his early 20s, so he should have no problems.
My parents have also tweaked their travel plans to be in town for the race. It is going to be some family event!
So here is a complete run-down of my training rules for this race:
- run the race exactly the same as my training runs, same pace, same walk breaks, etc.
- use an mp3 player, or (if mp3 players are not allowed) a metronome to help me pinpoint my pace.
- be completely prepared and ready to run a 10k by July or August.
- in September and October, just maintain my 10k distance and pace established during the summer. Do not push for increases.
- run the race so I do not need any more recovery time than needed after a training run at home.