Starting fresh usually means you are embarking on something new. Maybe it’s a new journey, maybe a new place to live, or maybe a new job. It could be a fitness routine, or it could be getting yourself on back on track with eating.
I love a fresh start. It doesn’t have to be a new month, new year, or anything. Every day is a fresh start. A chance to chase your goals and dreams.
For me, today begins a fresh start at a training plan for a new race! I ran the EQT 10 Miler last November and loved it. I loved seeing my speed increase, pushing myself through the run, and having family there to watch me cross the finish line. I saw everything I put into training come out on race day, and reaped the benefits. I ran faster than I have before, and started me on running further and faster on a regular basis.
Today begins a new 10 week training plan for the EQT 10 mile race! I feel like I have a solid base for running, but my excitement is more for my running buddy: Aaron!
Aaron is taking on the challenge to train for and run the 10 mile race. He definitely has to take it easy, and we hope that the training and running isn’t too much for his heart condition, but he really wants to do this!
I took into consideration both of our schedules when making this. I knew the days that I already run, and how much I can move up to. I knew what days would work for Aaron, also. He prefers to run on Mondays and Wednesdays, while his long runs will be Fridays and Saturdays, depending what week it has (he has every other Friday off).
I’m very excited to start! For each week, there is a pink row and a blue row. The pink row is what I have to do on any given day, and the blue row is for Aaron. As you can see, I worked around my teaching schedules on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. I couldn’t change those, and love that I’ll have built in cross training. I also have speed work on Thursdays. I noticed a huge difference in my speed last year from doing speed work, so I’m incorporating it again.
Aaron does not care about his pace, and due to his heart, he will not be doing any speed training. He alternates between 3, 4, and 5 miles on Wednesdays, and either 3 or 4 plus core on Wednesdays. He also has a long run day. Aaron hasn’t been consistently running throughout the summer, so if his days need to be switched or taken down at the beginning, they will be.
Week 4 and week 7 I cut back on my mileage. I knew I would need a break to keep pushing through, so this works for me. I know I can run 10 miles, so now it’s just about getting back into that shape and working on the speed! I know it will be a fantastic race, just hoping the weather cooperates!
When’s the last race you trained for?
How many days a week do you run? How many days do you cross train?
Any tips for Aaron as he takes on training?
If this isn’t a marvelous start to the week, I’m not sure what is!
**I am an official blogger for the EQT 10 Mile Race. I received a complimentary entry in exchange for sharing this race and my training. As always, my opinions are my own and I was planning to run this prior to even being an official blogger. Come run it with me*