Creating a Healthier Balance in 2014: Training for a 10 Mile Race
This week, I started training for a 10 mile race in mid-May. I’m using Hal Higdon’s Novice Half-Marathon Training Plan geared towards a 12-week preparation period. I have 15 weeks to prepare, having completed my first week of training. Since I’m coming back to running from injuries, I’m adding the 3 extra weeks to the beginning weeks of the training plan to build a more solid base for my running. I also know that winter could derail my training plans with ice and snow. Having some flexibility now gives me breathing room in case I can’t get outside to run.
What Training Teaches Me
If you’re not a runner, you’re probably bored with my explanation of my training plans. I get that. Let’s talk instead about how pursuing a goal, like doing a 10 mile race, affects us on a daily level.
We learn patience. We do not achieve the goal overnight. I can’t run 10 miles today, but I guarantee you I’ll be doing it in 15 weeks.
We learn to plan. I’d love to get up and just go for a run or head to the gym. I have to work around my youngest son’s nursery school schedule, snow days, sick days, Girl Scouts – you name it. I have my training mapped out week by week, re-evaluating as life hands me a different plan.
We learn flexibility. Between snow days and sick days and everything else, I am learning again about being flexible with my running. I prefer to run in the morning; right now I run in the afternoon.
We learn to show up every day. In The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, he talks about the importance of simple daily disciplines and how they’re like money in the bank over time. I’ve spent the past 2 weeks doing something for my race training almost every day. I already feel stronger. I’m running just a little faster. I feel more disciplined and committed.
We learn to build a base. Everything we do in life requires a basic skill set of some sort. For runners, we need to running 3 to 4 times a week for at least 3 miles per run before we can think about building up to longer distance. running. If we jump from 0 miles to 20 too quickly, we injure ourselves.
We learn to recognize our limitations. I’m a mom of 5 kids with a full schedule of work, volunteering, and taking care of my family. I don’t have tons of time to train. I also need to stay on top of my injury rehab so I don’t hurt myself again. My goal is to simply finish the 10 mile race. Running the entire 10 miles would be fantastic.
Personal – (habits that keep me healthy and happy)
- run 4 times this week
- stretch and strengthen my body (I know I have to do this every day to maintain my injury recovery)
- drink 6-8 glasses of water a day
- eat green (daily salad and veggies & protein at dinner)
- read a book (I’m rereading The Slight Edge)
People – (activities that promote relationship with the people I love)
- date with my husband
- day trip with the kids
- crafting with the kids
Purpose – (tasks that enable me to fulfill my purpose in life)
- work on my son’s First Communion Album
- start our 2013 taxes
Passion – (activities and experiences which enable me to enjoy life)
- take pictures of the kids
Projects – (priority tasks that need to be finished this week)
- Girl Scout planning meeting
A Picture for Thought
February Instagram Challenge: #28lovelydays: Playing with trains and legos