I Googled 10K running programs and found a few… The one on Runner's World looked promising (Article HERE). There are various training plans geared toward the level of the runner. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced seem to be the favored categories.
Soooo which one am I?
Beginner or Novice- Hi my EGO is way to big to even look at that plan. I did the "Rookie" training plan for my marathon and I am ready to step it up.
Intermediate- Runner's World definition for the 10K "You've been running a year or more, done some 5-Ks, maybe even a 10-K. But you've always finished feeling like you could have, or should have, gone faster."
Advanced- This group from the article is "You've been a serious runner for several years, have run many races--perhaps even a marathon. You're familiar with fartlek and intervals, and can run comfortably for an hour-plus. Now you want a breakthrough time--and you're willing to put in a rigorous six weeks to achieve it."
Hmmmm.. Lets review my running career (career LOL):
1. I have been running for over a year seriously. I ran a TON when I was in high school and college to stay in shape for basketball and volleyball.
2. Have competed in a Half Marathon and Marathon within the last 2 months. Have run 5K's and a 12K in the past just to finish.
3. I have no problem running for long distances and rarely get sore muscles. I would consider myself fairly speedy and know I can go faster with practice.
4. I LOVE to get out there and run what feels good, if I want to tackle a hill I will. If I feel like sprinting, I do. But I have never followed a SPECIFIC plan that called those things out.
So I really do not know which plan to pick. I printed the "Intermediate" and looked it over. OK maybe I am a Beginner. I don't even know what a "Fartlek" is…. I found the answer on Wikipedia (HERE). Other terms I am not familiar with "Pyramid Effort" and "Strides."
I am a Mom and lost my BRAIN while pregnant. I have a bad memory, especially when I am running. How the heck am I supposed to follow a program, when I don't even know what all the words mean? I want to do well in my 10K next month and 5K the following month. I want to maximize my time spent on the run. I want to be FAST and feel STRONG. I want a simple plan that I can stick to and that doesn't make me feel like a NOVICE..
Any advice Bloggy friends? Do you have a SIMPLE plan for a 10K (4-6 week plan)? Or do you think I should just make up my own? TEACH ME!!!