3/7/13: 3 miles walked, 5.1 miles runned
Total for the Month: 10.1 miles (only 89.9 to go!)
My first race ever was a local 5K attached to a half marathon/marathon race. I experimented with running previous to this race, (for a grand total of maybe three months of running if you're into exaggerations) but never understood the appeal.
Until I crossed the finish line of my first 5K. The adrenaline I experienced was so all encompassing, so addicting I knew I needed to do this again. But then reality hit and I also knew I needed to train... remember:
Training for a race is like studying for an exam... you get out what you put in.
So, how to train? Do I just start running? What if I can't just start running? Can I walk? When I started training for my first 5K I had been running 2ish miles a few times a week for a couple months. Following a training plan gave me direction and confidence to run all 3.1 miles of the 5K course.
I chose Hal Higdon's Novice 5K plan but skipped the walking and ran 20 minutes on those days instead. It wasn't easy for me. I remember being so excited the first time I ran three miles without stopping to pretend to tie my shoe. Although Hal's program worked awesomely for me... I tend to prefer Mayo's program for new runners. It gives lots of options for running/walking combos and breaks up the run into run/walk segments. I believe it's more realistic for new runners. And, if you're feeling crazy, you can always run longer than the plan calls for... it's just a starting point. Let me know what you think!