May 26, 2010

Trotting turkeys

I'm not a runner. However, I've decided to run a 10K.

A friend of mine is doing a half-marathon in a year, and she decided to use the Marine Corp Turkey Trot as a benchmark for her training. I decided to join her. Let me re-emphasize that I am in no way shape or form not a runner. I've been trying to work out more, but I only recently got into yoga. Cardio? Not so much.
Hmm...think I should run in these?

But, I'm doing it for the experience, not to become some great marathon runner. I'm training to finish, not to make an amazing time. I've started following the couch to 5K program - it'll get me running three miles in two months, and I should still have time to double that in time for the 10K in November.

Have you ever run a 10K? I need tips, people! Is it okay to call it a marathon or is that reserved for longer distances? I'm doing my next little segment tonight - anything I should know before then? (Other than to take it slow and stretch, stretch, stretch?) Happy hump day readers!

(Photo: Maggie Rose)


Diana Mieczan said...

I not much help for you...I am not too good in running but this is so great what you are planning to do...Go girl!!!
Kisses and BTW: I ish I could look so good running like that girl on the photo:)))

Diana Mieczan said...


Alison Kinsey said...

Becky that is awesome! I have never really been a runner so I can't offer too many tips but I wish you the best of luck!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I am so excited for you! I think a 10k is such a great goal - it's a respectable distance, but not so overwhelming. My friend did her first one last weekend and loved it so much, she is going to look into doing a 1/2 marathon.

I know you can do it! Just follow the training plan and you will do just fine! After the Couch to 5k plan, I recommend Hal Higdons 10k training plan. I have used his training plans and he always gets me to the finish line feeling fabulous!

Annie said...

YEAH! This is my passion! Just remember, sometimes you will have really awesome runs and the next run will suck, with no rhyme or reason, but don't give up. I recommend buying appropriate running shoes and socks. These are so important to a good run. I will email you some other links. Can you tell how excited I am?!

Gracie said...

You'll have so much fun! Enjoy!

Dani said...

Wear spandex shorts under running shorts at first or at least use some anti-chafe balm. And make sure you are religious about vitamins, hydration and getting the right amounts of carbs, protein and potassium (to ward off cramps on longer run days). At first it will probably suck, but once you get into it more if your diet is off-balance you will definitely feel it.

And don't be upset if the "3 miles in 30 minutes" thing is off for you personally. A 10K is actually 3.125 mi. I am a little slower than 30 min on mine, but my pace is the same no matter my distance (which is so far up to a 10k).

New Balance has running programs on their site, too, sorted by distance and running ability. Their 10k beginner plan is a 5-week plan, so it's all about what you're looking to accomplish.

Hopefully you learn to enjoy it. Honestly, I struggled with it for years and it's only recently become something I look forward to or benefit from. It helps me clear my head and feel better in a way that nothing else has. Good luck!

Emily Jane said...

Oh my goodness! That's an amazing goal - I'm not a runner but I think it's really admirable and I know you'll do it! :)

Stevie said...

Awesome! I've never considered myself a runner, but I'm running my first half marathon in a month!

The best advice is to just take it slow and pace yourself. Stretching is key. Proper form is pretty important, too. Shin splints are killer, and result from pushing yourself too hard.

Good luck! You'll be so amazed with yourself when you cross that finish line. It's such a great feeling.

erin - mutterings of eringirl said...

YAY! I ran several 5ks before running my first 10k a few years ago. It is a great distance. I have also run a half marathon. My experience is that you will always be successful through whatever distance you train for. After several months of training you will find that the 6ish miles for the 10k is not that difficult... And if you catch the running bug you will soon be telling us that you are training for a half marathon!

And to answer your question, a marathon always refers to the 26.2 distance. But don't worry, no one will think less of you for saying 5k!

Brittany said...

Becky that is awesome! I'm so excited for you. I ran my first 10K a year ago, and I'm just a casual jogger - The experience was unforgettable and one we plan to repeat every year (pregnancy notwithstanding!)

No matter how much you think you might not be a runner, you will find that there are people much, much slower! We did not aim for speed and had a great time just jogging along.

If your race is in November, that is definitely ample training time for a 10K - we followed a 16-week training plan for novice runners and did just fine - you'll do great!

My only other tip? Get ready to eat! I find that running skyrockets my metabolism and makes me super hungry - sweating it out is not that much fun, but eating sure is!

Brittany said...

Oh yeah - the "we" above referring to my husband and me. He had never run in his life and still managed to do better than me - not fair!

Amber said...

YAY! So exciting!!!

My advice:

1. Take it slow. It's OK to walk!

2. REST DAYS!!! Don't run every day, take days off to rest your muscles.

3. Don't give up! There will be days that you HATE running, that the run sucks so much and you feel so crappy and you wonder why you're doing this to yourself. Don't give up. Get back out there and do your next run and your next run. Eventually it will get better and easier!

4. Get fitted for GOOD running shoes from a running store!! After they tell you what shoes are best for your feet and fit you consider ordering them online to save some money!

5. Most important - HAVE FUN!!!!!!

Jess said...

Girl, I barely run to my mailbox in the pouring rain.

So not a runner.

That's not to say I don't like the IDEA of it. Runner always look so cool. And they have the best legs. Good luck.

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