On My Way To My First 10K.

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For those of you keeping “track” of my efforts, I ran my first 5K back in November in Thanksgiving Day. And we had a great experience (my brother blogged about it here and here). The plan at the time was to continue training through December for the Disney Circle of Life 5K, which ran through the Animal Kingdom, and better my original time of 28min. Unfortunately, an emergency appendectomy in early December derailed my plans. And not only was I not able to do much exercise, I did a whole lot of eating and gained a whole lot of weight.

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I did end up at least run/walking the Disney 5K. But it wasn’t the experience I was hoping for. It was also a Disney World thing. So we still ended up consuming WAY more calories than we burned running that week. So now, I’m aiming for the next level…the 10K. And the race we’ve chosen is the Run to Register 10K, which features both the roads and trails of Marine Corps Base Quantico up in Virginia (just south of the Northern VA/DC area). There’s actually an opportunity for race finishers to register early for the Marine Corps Marathon, which is run in October through and around the historic sights of Washington, DC. But we’ll worry about that after we’ve finished this race.

So now that I’m back up and running, I figured I’d show you guys just how anal-retentive I am by showing you my training schedule. I put this together using three things. One, www.halhigdon.com (thanks JMac) is a great place to get some really basic info on running and training plans. Second, my brother’s spreadsheet and his thoughts about what our long runs should be on weekly basis. And third, I just used my own expectations about what I’m actually capable of doing.

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I’m really excited about actually following through with this. My two biggest challenges are pretty simple. One…actually getting up out of bed and doing the work every morning. And two, getting through the next month and a half and staying relatively injury-free. Yesterday was my first time lifting anything more than 20 pounds (post-surgery restrictions) so I’ll definitely take that part of it easy for a while.

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Published in: on February 13, 2009 at 5:42 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. I couldn’t vote, because there wasn’t a yes and no option! I do think Brian will find a way to run the 10k….he will definitely pull it off.

    I don’t know that he’ll stick with his plan “to the letter” (things happen; the bed is comfy, duke’s losing season puts him in a depression, or there is a sale on last season’s christmas cakes!)

  2. Yeah Brian!

    You can do it! Guy and I have done a few 5K’s and loved it. However, here in Colorado Springs with the altitude, I have had chance to do one yet, but you inspire me!


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