Monday, April 11, 2011
I managed to squeeze in a training run this evening - Day 2 of Week 3 of the Spark people 5k trainer I am doing. That means a total of 40 mintues, 1 walk x 4 run x 8 times.
While I was running, my mp3 ran out of juice, so I ended up listening to the wheels turn in my head. I've been trying to find some races in my area to help motivate me, but all the ones I can find coming up in the next few months seem either too short (Mile) or too long (10k or half marathons).
But then two old fogeys passed me up (as usual) while I was nearing the end of my run and one asked the other: "So, are you in training for anything right now?" and the dude answers: "Actually, I'm planning on going to New York in November."
I think to myself: "No waaaay! Impossible! Some guy from small-town Spain in his 50s is planning on doing a marathon in NYC?" Then I check out the logo on (the back) of his jacket. Oh. Cripes. So he competed in the LONDON marathon in 2010.
So . . . I start thinking . . . maybe I can train for a longer distance. I did some checking up, and a lot of websites say you need to have been running for at least 6 months before you train for a 10k.
I've been running off and on for probably 6 years . . . but not very consistently. So does that count? If so, according to runnersworld, I should be able to train for a 10k in about 6 weeks.
ONLY six weeks? The couch to 5k takes longer than that!
So how about a half marathon?
Unfortunately, it looks like you are supposed to have been running CONSISTENTLY for several years. And average 25-30 miles per week.
It looks like the marathon is going to have to wait.
But a 10k looks totally doable, probably towards the end of summer?