That's impressive! Just wondering what type/how long it took you to train for a 10 mile race and if you would have any recommendations? I've always been into weight training but would like to do something like that for the endurance aspect of it. Thanks
I've been sort of running on and off for years, so I wasn't exactly starting from base point when I started training for the race. But I had never done anything like train for a race before, it was a lot different. I started training back in March, the race was in September. I ran 3 times a week, no exceptions (even on vacation). At first I just worked up to doing a solid distance, at first I would walk way more than I run (run 30 seconds, walk a minute and a half, seven times) and I just slowly built up. That's how I started from ground zero and that was a long time.
When I started training for the Disney race, I used a modified version of Jeff Galloway's schedule for that race http://www.rundisney.com/training/running/
. It was easy for me because he mapped out where I needed to be week by week, so I went from there. I ended up a little ahead of schedule, which was nice come race day! Anyway he advocates a run-walk pace, which apparently is faster. I've never been able to get it to work for me and I do better running when I can just go, no stopping, nothing breaking my stride, so that's what I do. But I follow his distance and time recommendations.
I do time myself which often leads to beating myself up if I don't beat or meet my previous run times. I run with just an ipod, outside only. I don't have a gym membership because there are none in my immediate area, it's too much of a pain to get all my stuff, get ready to workout, drive somewhere, and then come home. When I was in college I would use the college gym a lot which is nice. Treadmill, tv, air-conditioning-- the running life! But I also like roadwork, December was a very fun month to run. And I never miss running on July 4th!
I'll get together my own running playlist, Lark, and post it. I'm feeling fairly bleh about it right now. There's a lot of Modest Mouse, Metric, Mumford & Sons, and Florence in there, little hipster runner that I am. Not all the songs have a great beat, sometimes I just like to sort of zone out to the music. But heh, there are two Britney songs on there! I used to like the Black Eyed Peas for running but it has not been doing anything for me for awhile now.