Yesterday evening I started training for a 5 mile race coming up in November. Thankfully one of my friends also wants to run the race which means I have a training buddy. My training plan is pretty simple, I’m following the Hal Higdon 8K novice plan because it’s a very popular and trusted marathon training program and it’s the one I plan to use when I train for a half-marathon later on this year. Also one of the main reasons I like this program is because it doesn’t care how long it takes you to run, there’s no pacing, or intervals or speed work it’s all about distance. This is perfect for me because I don’t care how long it takes me to run the 5miles on the day I just want to run the 5 miles.
- I’ve switched the long runs from a Saturday to a Sunday because my race is on a Saturday
- For cross training I’ll be taking the puppy on a long walk/hike for at least 30-45 mins
So the first run of the program was 2 miles and we ran it at a 12.30 min/mile pace which is by a lot of people’s standards slow but my our standards a great achievement because we ran the whole 2 miles. Success!
Running when its almost 90°F (31°C) outside is a new and different experience for me. I did a C25K program last winter where I ran with a hat, gloves, leggings etc and dodged ice patches on the road. Learning to run in the heat will certainly add an extra element and I can honestly say that although I scare myself with how red my face turns I’m sort of excited to see how the training goes.
As I said to my friend last night, I’m totally convinced that we could both show up on the day of the race and manage to get through the 5 miles, but what I’m not convinced of, yet, is that we’ll be able to show up for each and every training run for 8 weeks. That’s the really test – a trial run for the half-marathon training. I’m learning to be consistent and to not make excuses.
Anyone else in training for a race or thinking or running on this year?