I decided to use Runner’s World Smart Coach for my 10K training program. These are the numbers that I plugged in:
Current Race time is : 58 minutes for a 10K (It’s actually 58 something, not 58 even but whatever)
Distance Training goal is 10K
You currently train – 16-20 miles a week
How hard to you want to train? Moderate
Your long-run day: Sunday
Your program starts 11/15/2010 and ends 2/26/2011
Length of training schedule: 15 weeks
The training looks doable. There are two easy runs, one run that’s either tempo or speedwork and one long run each week. The mileage gets up there. Maybe because I said I currently run 16-20 miles a week? By the end of the 15 weeks, my long runs are going to be almost half-marathon distance as this program tops out at 12. Kind of funny since my actual half-marathon training program topped out at 10.
I’m also going to run the GA half-marathon next March. I got some email that said that since I’d run it every year since the beginning, I’d get some special t-shirt and my name on the website. Cool. Plus, my friend Joan, who has run 2 halfs (halves?) with me wants to run it too. I am happy with my choice in not training for a spring marathon. Maybe someday I’ll attempt another one, but not right now.
I decided to start the training program next week instead of this one because Jason and I are going on a mini-vacation this weekend. We are going to Asheville, NC for the weekend. I’m really excited; everyone has told me that I’ll really enjoy Asheville. I’m not sure what we’re going to do there, but it’ll be nice to get away.
Even though I didn’t start my running program this week, I did run 3 miles today. I decided that I wanted to do it a bit faster than I normally do. I normally run on the treadmill around 5.8 mph (I’m faster outside) but today I decided to do it at 6.1. Honestly, it didn’t feel that different. I’m glad that I pushed myself to be faster, even if it was just by a little bit. When I’m running faster than normal, I tell myself, “You have to run faster to be faster.” It’s true. Sometimes I feel like running at my natural speed is going to get easier and I’ll just automatically run faster, but that really doesn’t happen and I need to push myself.
I’ve made two less than stellar meals this week and I didn’t want to risk making a third, so I went with something really easy – packaged veggie burgers, Brussels sprouts and kale chips. I find that the key to making kale chips is to use kale that looks like this:
and not the bagged kind. I think the pieces in the bagged kale are too small.
Happy veggie burgers! I just can’t get enough Brussels sprouts these days. After dinner, I wanted something sweet so I decided to make Fannetastic Food’s Pumpkin Muffins of Deliciousness.
I finally used my Kitchenaid mixer than I got for a wedding gift. I’m so used to mixing by hand that I haven’t really thought about using it until today. It made mixing so much easier. Plus, I felt like a real cook using it.
And the finished product.
I followed Anne’s recipe for the most part. The only things that I did differently were that I used craisins, 2% greek yogurt and a mushy banana instead of applesauce because that’s what I had at home. Yum, these were certainly delicious.