Tuesday, June 11, 2019

10k Training update

Less than two weeks until my first 10K race. I'm getting excited and nervous!  If you've been around a while, you know that I've run hundreds or maybe even thousands of 5ks and one-half marathon. I never really branched out much in what races I ran but now I am.  So my first race of the year is the AF Run Against Cancer in a couple of weeks. 

Saturday's run was all about practicing.  I ran a course that is similar to the race in elevation. And I worked on making sure my pace was similar to race pace. Not full on race pace, because you don't really run race pace unless you're racing. You want to save some of that energy for race day.  

Before I went out I fueled with what I think I might fuel with for the race. A salted caramel waffle and water. I took honey stingers with me just in case. Like being new to different distance races, I'm also new to the fueling thing. 

I felt really good during this run. I felt well hydrated and fueled. I did feel a little out of breath, but it was supposed to be a hard run so that was normal. 

I took two honey stinger gummies at about mile 4 and my stomach did ok with them, but I decided that I probably won't be using them on race day.  I don't think my body will need them for a 10k unless I maybe take them before the race. 

My pace was pretty consistent, but I'm hoping for a faster consistent during race day.  8:09, 8:17, 8:18, 7:09, 8:00, 7:59. I'm not sure what happened on the 7:09 pace but maybe it was because my mental game changed to trying to pass another runner who was in front of me, which I did for a little while. I'm also hoping that's what race day looks more like :).

I promised myself that I would sit down as soon as I got back to the car, and I kept that promise. And it felt really good. 

Monday's 4 mile run was nice and easy, as usual. I use my Monday runs as shake out runs. So they are always a really comfortable pace. 

What race are you looking forward to right now?

What is your favorite distance to race?


  1. Your paces are awesome! You're going to have a great race. I personally don't take fuel or water during a 10k, but everyone is different. I have a 10k in just under 2 weeks that I'm doing with coworkers and I'm really looking forward to it.

    1. thats so exciting. I'm finding out that fuel during a 10k isn't kicking in fast enough to be worth it. So I'm thinking just making sure I'm ready to go before the race and then not worrying about it during. Good luck on your race, I want to hear how it goes!

  2. That 7 minute mile is crazy! I find that I can run much faster in a race than I can push myself on a training run -- it's that race energy and competition. I love 10 milers. I can't believe you've never done a 10K -- it's such a popular distance. Good luck -- I know you will do great!

    1. I know, I don't know what's taken me so long! Thank you!