The Slow Build: How Jenn’s 10k Training Is Going

Me, post run! (And Instagram filters are a wonderful thing. In reality, I’m more sweaty than glow-y after a few miles!)

In case you haven’t heard, the FBGs (Jenn, Erin, Tish and Kristen) are currently training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll 10K in Brooklyn this October courtesy of Brooks Running. This week, each FBG is sharing how her training—or lack thereof—is going!

When I prepared for my first half marathon and (only) marathon, I trained by the book. When Hal Higdon told me to run, I ran. When he told me to cross-train, elliptical, bike or yoga I did. When he told me to rest, I’d do my best impression of a sloth (a sloth who really, really likes peanut butter and celery—and beer). So it’s shocking even to me that in preparing for this 10K, I’m just so darn lax about the whole thing. Maybe it’s because Erin has been “hinting” that I should take it easy and slow jog/walk with her (which I fully plan to do, by the way) or maybe it’s because, these days, I just demand more flexibility and intuitiveness with my workouts. Well, whatever it is, I kind of think it’s working.

Last week I went out for the longest run I’ve done this year: 4.5 miles. Not long enough to require a hydration belt or anything but my iPod and my dog (yes, she can run this far without problems—she’s a rock star!), it was nice to go for a longish slowish (45 minutes for me) run in the cool morning air. I listened to a podcast, looked around my pretty surroundings and was grateful that my body could run that far pretty darn easily.

Although I’m nowhere near where I was when training for longer distances (running 10+ miles just seems cray-cray to me these days), I think there’s something to be said for having experience with races and training. The more you do, the more you begin to trust yourself and how well you know your body. For me, right now, I know that I can safely add half a mile to my route every other week without feeling it too much. And if I get in a 2- and 3-mile run, plus that longer run in a week, along with good foam rolling and some strength training, I should be more than prepared to do the 10K in October. I won’t win it, but I’ll finish it with my girls—and I’ll have a good time while doing it! And, really, that’s what it’s about for me this time!

Have you ever run a race with friends? Have you done enough formal training programs that you feel comfortable following your own routine now? Do tell! —Jenn


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  1. Vicki says:

    Sounds real good!

  2. After running my first half-marathon with the hubs last October I decided to go ahead and sign up to run the Spartan (8.5 miles) with him in January 2012. I was doing a bit of strength training, and running (sort of) but felt that since I had just completed 13.1 miles at a 9:34 pace only a few months before that I would be okay come race day even if I slacked off a little in my run training. I almost died. 8.5 miles up mountain trails, (not to mention it was much hotter than I had expected) was soooo much more difficult than I ever anticipated. I could hardly keep a jogging pace, and my poor husband hardly broke a sweat waiting for me to keep up with him. So, I thought I was good to go on a shorter obstacle run without training too hard, and I was wrong. I have been doing mostly weight training over the past 9 months since the Spartan and have run up to 5 miles at a time as part of my cardio regimen. I am looking for another event to do and may give the Spartan another go come this January. But no matter what, I know that whatever event I end up signing up for I am definitely going to train for it!

  3. Hollis says:

    There is something to be said about commraderie….I train all the time, I am in fact running a 10k trail run in Malibu October 21…and the more I read the more I understand that yes training is obviously important, but as Tish mentioned….”It’s about finishing the race alongside of the women who inspire and push me on a daily basis”….truer words couldn’t have been spoken.

    We have to remember that physically training helps us with our endurance, strength, etc. but we can’t forget the power of the mind. When I did a Duathlon back in April, I trained hard, but when my body screamend NO MORE, my brain took over and talked me through it. When I’ve run trail runs with my gal pals, just running along side them gets me to the finish line……they’re motivation for me has done more fore me than devoting all of my time to training….so go out there, relax, have a good time, enjoy your gal pals, you’d be amazed how far it gets you!