Fitness Friday – 10K Edition!

Three posts in 1 week, look at me go!

I’ve VERY excited about what I’m sharing today! It’s been in the making for a while and a little over a week ago I finally made the plunge and registered…

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For my first 10K!

At the beginning of this year, I set a few fitness goals for myself. They were pretty simple ones, like registering to run a 5K and running 25 miles in one month. I ran my first 5K in March, and as long as I run 3.5+ miles tomorrow, my second goal will be realized!

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Kinda funny that I’ve only gone for 6 runs this month and I’m set to have my best mileage ever!

As some of you know, my boyfriend and I broke up a little over two months ago.  Soon after, I suppose in what can be considered a coping mechanism, I began making a habit of going on long Saturday morning runs followed by a trip to the Farmer’s Market. For the last 3 years, I’ve pretty much regularly run 2-3 miles, only exceeding 3 miles a handful of times…But when I started running on Saturday mornings, I realized I could extend that distance, since I wasn’t held back by time like I usually am when I go for runs on my lunch break.

On August 1st, my furthest ever run was 3.4 miles. I was already contemplating running the 10k, but wanted to play it by ear…so I started running. But what started off as “let’s see if I can run 3.4 again” turned into one of my best runs ever…..

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Not just in the distance, but check out my split times! I have been doing much better at pacing myself for my first mile and saving my energy for the end. I think that has been key in increasing my distance.

After this run, I went to New York for a week and decided to see how my workouts went there before making a decision about the 10K. I tried to work out when I was there and stayed somewhat active…and when I came back, I kept up with the long Saturday morning runs:

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I decided to go for it and create a loose training plan for the 10K on September 8th. Because I decided to register only 3 weeks before the race, I knew I’d have a challenge ahead of me, increasing from 4 miles to 6.2 miles in such a short amount of time. My training schedule looked something like this:

Week 1: two 3-4 mile runs during the week, 4.75 mi run on Saturday

Week 2: two 3-4 mile runs during the week, 5.25 mi run on Saturday

Week 3: two 3-4 mile runs during the week, 6.2 mi run on Sunday

Seems kind of quick, right? I asked a few friends, who all assured me I can totally do it. So I’m doin it!

Of course, I haven’t really stuck with my plan… instead of two short runs during the week, I’ve just been running twice a week and increasing my mileage by at least .25 every time I run. I went from 4 miles to 4.85 over the course of a week! I’ve also been keeping my pace very slow, I usually average slower than 9:30 min miles.

In addition to my runs, I’ve been keeping up with “cross training” AKA sorority girl elliptical + abs workouts. I also played kickball with my cast. I know I know, bad Katie…I didn’t actually play in the field, I just kicked and ran! I think sprinting around the bases has actually improved my running form 🙂

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The Straw-ber-ritas help too 🙂

By the way, my cast came off on Wednesday and my orthopedist said that my bone healed beautifully!!! I was extremely nervous, given my history of low bone density and how long it took last year’s break to heal. But I am extremely thankful that my calcium regimen served me well this time around! With the help of the above thumb brace, I may have even played dodgeball last night….shhh don’t tell my doctor 😉

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Last summer, I really found myself in a funk when I broke my hand. This time around, without that boyfriend support system, I was really worried that would happen again…but thanks to a consistent work out “regimen” I stayed the same happy and perky Katie that I usually am. Yay exercise!

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! If you have Monday off like me, I’m sure it will be a good one 🙂

What’s the longest race you’ve done? Did you follow a training plan?

Do you find that your happiness + activity level are linked?

14 thoughts on “Fitness Friday – 10K Edition!

  1. Yay, Katie! I’m so happy everything went smoothly at the Dr and you can resume your kickball nights (with your adult beverages, obvs)! And daaaaaamn girl on your runs! Killer splits- I think you are going to knock the race out of the park. Also- I just died laughing from your tweet 😉 That is a classic!

  2. Yay, Katie! I’m so happy everything went smoothly at the Dr and you can resume your kickball nights (with your adult beverages, obvs)! And daaaaaamn girl on your runs! Killer splits- I think you are going to knock the race out of the park. Also- I just died laughing from your tweet 😉 That is a classic!

  3. You are going to kick that races behind! You’ve been doing great with your running – and you’re right, it’s a phenomenal coping mechanism 😉 Be careful with dodgeball, I don’t want you in a cast when you come visit!!

  4. You are going to kick that races behind! You’ve been doing great with your running – and you’re right, it’s a phenomenal coping mechanism 😉 Be careful with dodgeball, I don’t want you in a cast when you come visit!!

  5. Saturday morning run followed by a trip to the farmers market should be a religion, I swear there is no better way to start your weekend 🙂 My happiness and activity level are MOST DEFINITELY related, but like all things in life, its really about finding that perfect balance of exercise and other parts of life.

  6. Saturday morning run followed by a trip to the farmers market should be a religion, I swear there is no better way to start your weekend 🙂 My happiness and activity level are MOST DEFINITELY related, but like all things in life, its really about finding that perfect balance of exercise and other parts of life.

  7. I find that I am so much happier when I workout consistently. Well done on entering your first 10k I can’t wait to hear how you go.

    I’m currently training for my first ever half marathon. The furthest I’ve ever run is 15.5km.

  8. I find that I am so much happier when I workout consistently. Well done on entering your first 10k I can’t wait to hear how you go.

    I’m currently training for my first ever half marathon. The furthest I’ve ever run is 15.5km.

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