Hi, friends! I hope you had a fantastic Labor Day weekend. Mine was spent with family, enjoying lots of delicious grilled food and of course – college football! As September and football season officially kick off, so does my training for a fall race! The Whiskey Road Race 10K has been on my radar for a long time, and I'm excited to participate this year.
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Don’t let the name fool you. There is no alcohol involved in this 6.2 mile race. Whiskey Road is actually a main thoroughfare in the town where this 10K happens. It’s a smaller race and one I’m looking forward to running come November 4th. I’m basing my training off of Kara Goucher’s 10K training plan from her book Kara Goucher’s Running for Women: From First Steps to Marathons. This is a terrific read for new runners looking for tips and seasoned runners just needing some inspiration. The 10K plan she outlines in the book is 9 weeks long and involves 3 days of running a week, which is perfect for my current schedule. Here’s what my training plan looks like:
Mondays are easy run days – just getting the miles in without any crazy effort. Wednesdays are the hard runs which consist of a specified number of 1/4 mile hard segments. Beginning with a warm-up mile, I’ll follow each hard segment with a 1/4 mile easy segment. Wednesday’s runs end with a 1/2 mile cool-down. Saturdays are my long run days, and like Mondays I’ll just shoot for getting in the miles without overdoing it. On the days I’m not running, strength training, yoga, and rest will round out this training plan. Due to my bad habit of not stretching enough when race training (and subsequently getting hurt), I’ve scheduled in the two yoga days to hopefully stay injury-free.
I don’t have a specific goal for this race, other than to just finish and have fun! We’ll see how training goes, and I’ll post an update in a few weeks!