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Prepping for the Races

by Alaina on April 16, 2012 · 3 comments

To start off, congratulations to all of those who ran in today’s Boston Marathon! The heat was insane and I commend everyone who ran it! Smile I was able to snag a VIP seating pass for a few minutes and got this shot of the finish line:

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I saw a few wheelchair athletes finish but I didn’t get a chance to see any of the elite men or women finish. You bet I was keeping track though on my trusty smartphone! Apparently everyone in the hotel was looking at the BAA website on the computers and was crashing the server. Oops!

When I was watching the runners come through, I started to think about my upcoming races. They’re not as impressive as a marathon, but I’ve got a 5 miler in just under 6 weeks and a (hopeful) 10k at the end of June. I would love to PR both and should probably get back into somewhat of a training plan. I find that I work better when I have some sort of plan laid out too.

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So far my PR’s to beat are: 5 mile – 44:26 and 10k – 57:16. I think I have it in me. This is my tentative plan for the next 6 weeks:

Sunday: Long Run
Monday: Strength
Tuesday: Interval or Tempo run
Wednesday: Strength
Thursday: Easy Run/Cross train
Friday: Off
Saturday: Easy Run

This is very, VERY loose since my schedule changes so much. But the gist of it is that I want to try and get in three or four runs during the week (a long run, easy run and speed runs), focus on strengthening and maybe do one day of cross training.

I think Boston may have jostled the running bug in me.

I think my bank account is in trouble…

Do you have a training plan that you like to stick to?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle April 17, 2012 at 6:17 am

I have only done 5K races (although I have aspirations for a 10K) and try to at least three times a week and throw in spinning, cross training and cardio kickboxing the other four days.

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2 Lauren April 17, 2012 at 6:49 am

Oh boy, I need to work on getting myself ready for the 5 miler. Endurance wise, I’m fine but I know I need to work on my speed. It’s been rough with the injury but I know I’ll get back into it in 6 weeks. Can’t wait!

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3 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic April 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

I’ve only really trained for one race (the Run to Remember half last year) and I really loved Hal Higdon’s training plan. Hopefully I can run another half sometime later this year. Lately I have been plagued with running injuries!

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