10K Training Tuesday – Week 1

I’ve mentioned this before, but in case you missed it–I’m running my first 10K on March 26, the Crescent City Classic, and I’m a charity runner for Girls on the Run. I’m pretty excited about this, as it’s *the* race that it seems everyone who even thinks about running, runs (in New Orleans, at least).

I’ve looked at what seems like a hundred different training plans, and I’ve finally come up with something that’s sort of a hybrid of everything I read. I needed something that can be done in 10 weeks, that will challenge me (but not too much!), and includes run/walk intervals. I also wanted to include speed training once per week.

So here is what I came up with… on the “30 min walk” days, that can be any sort of cross-training and strength training. On the run days, the “1:1” is the run:walk interval, in minutes. As of right now, for speed training I plan to basically run faster than normal for 20 seconds, then walk for a minute or 2 and do it again. I’ll see how it goes and tweak it as needed. If any of you more experience runners have any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them!

I’d like to share the ups and downs of my training with you, and hopefully having a dedicated day will keep me on track and accountable 🙂

Oh! One more thing–as a charity runner, my initial goal was to raise $300. Well, I’ve already surpassed that, so since there are still 2 months til the race, I raised my goal to $500. Visit my fundraising page to donate if you so desire–Girls on the Run of New Orleans receives 100% of the donations!