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10 days ’til 10k

I’m 10 days away from my 10k race so I thought I would come on here and talk about how I’m feeling.

This isn’t a big race for me, but more of a race to get me back into racing. My last race was a half marathon just over a year ago, so I’ve been out of the game for a while. It’s also a natural step leading me into my half training, and then my marathon training.

Two 15 pound dumbbells, a kettle bell, and two feet.
Tentatively stepping up to the weights like…

I’ve been trying to focus more on cross training for this race, but I’ve been disappointed in my lack of consistency. Since I’ve stopped seeing my personal trainer I haven’t been cross training much at all. I’ve been counting November Project as one cross training day, and I’ve been trying to fit in at least one more each week. When I do, it’s a lame at-home workout. I’m not saying that at-home workouts can’t be great, but they’re not the way I’m doing them. Don’t tell my physiotherapist, but I’ve also been slacking on doing the exercises she gave me. I need to do better if I’m going to go into marathon training strong.

I’m not worried about the 10k. I’ll do fine, and I’ll be free of injuries *knocks on wood*. I don’t have a time goal, I’m just getting out there and getting excited about racing again. But I would like to use my performance at this race to set an attainable time goal for the half marathon. I’ve never run a half marathon with a time goal, and my current PR is 2:43:57. It would be nice to get that under 2:30, but I’m worried that’s too ambitious right now. If I’m being perfectly honest, I want a sub 2-hour half under my belt, but that’s definitely too ambitious for right now. I think. Right?

Based on my last 5k time at Parkrun, the Runner’s World race time predictor says I could run a half in 2:23:13… So maybe I’ll just worry about getting sub 2:30 for my November half and see how that goes. I’m too scared to say I’m going to go for a sub 2 right now, especially since the race isn’t that far away. But I won’t officially set the time goal in my brain until I run the 10k.

However, I am going to officially set an intention to do more cross-training. Not just meeting my two-day minimum, but ensuring that those sessions are done with the same enthusiasm I have for running. It’s all about attitude, and I know I can get excited about boring weight training because I did it before when I was working out with Katie twice a week. #excitedforbootygains

I’m also going to start including my planned and actual workouts in my Sunday training updates. I’ve seen other bloggers do this and I think it will help add a bit of accountability, even though I’m sure the only person judging me will be me.

So tell me, dear reader, how do you get excited about cross training? Or better yet, what are your favourite cross-training exercises?

 

2 comments

  1. It took me a while to get into strength training and look forward to it, but the gains I have seen from it have made me a true convert. It’s changed my running dramatically, I am so much stronger and feel so much less susceptible to injury. It’s really changed so much for me. Lifting, running, and yoga–all three make me feel pretty balance. It’s funny, whenever i am doing one- I kind of wish I was doing the other, lol. Never satisfied over here. Good luck on that 10k and figuring out your goals–you’ll get right where you are supposed to be, I am sure! x

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    • Yes, balance. That elusive feeling that I’m always searching for! I know that incorporating more strength will make me a balanced runner, but then there’s the time balance that I’m always struggling with. I’ll get there! I just need to keep tweaking my routine until I find one that works.

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