Let the fun begin

by Kim on April 3, 2013

I’m officially IN TRAINING!

Twilight 10K

I signed up for a Twilight 10K on May 25. I’m pretty pumped about it for 2 reasons:

1) I’ve never done a 10K before. (Guaranteed PR! haha)

2) I’ve never done a night race before. This one starts at 8 PM and weaves through our downtown area, past the capital. How sweet is that??

Twilight 10K Details

I’d been thinking about doing this one for awhile, and to be honest, it kind of snuck up on me. Suddenly, somehow, it’s less than 8 weeks away, and I’m just now thinking about a training plan. Oops.

But hopefully that will be enough time (especially considering the 50 minute goal I set for myself).

Now, to pick a plan. I’ve only ever used Hal Higdon’s plans for races, but I wasn’t that excited about his 10K programs. I want something challenging, since I’m going for a pretty aggressive (for me) time, so I checked out his advanced 10K program.

Problem: it involves 6-7 days a week of running.

Err…no thank you. I’m kind of a less is more girl. And, actually, I’m surprised that it doesn’t include more rest—I thought we all agreed rest was important for progress??

Next, I stumbled upon this plan from Women’s Health:

Women's Health Plan

I like that it includes 2 rest days a week and some cross-training (I definitely want to keep doing yoga), but I worry that the speed work isn’t aggressive enough, and there’s no strength training.

So I’m still shopping around, and if I don’t fall in love with anything, I might just end up cobbling something together myself. (Probably a slightly modified version of the Women’s Health one.)

In other news, Mason’s 12-month doc appointment yesterday was pretty rocky. 

The nurses had such a hard time getting him to sit still for a blood draw, despite me practically laying on top of him on the table, that they ended up having to scrap it altogether. So now we have to make another appointment to go back and try again. (The blood draw was for lead/iron screening and allergy testing.)

He also got 4 shots, which is no baby’s (or mom’s) favorite thing in the world.

Then, the doctor suggested that I get him evaluated by a therapist for his eating problems. Ughhh—I knew it. She handed me a brochure that said “for children with developmental delays” on it, and as you can imagine, that didn’t make me feel warm and cozy inside at all.

Needless to say, I was thankful that I had a dinner date planned with a friend that night to blow off some steam. We’d been meaning to try a new vegan restaurant downtown called Green Owl café for months.

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The décor was warm, eclectic, and very owl-y.

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I was excited about all the kids’ options on the menu, thinking maybe this was a place we could actually take Mason to someday, but they didn’t actually have anything that excluded ALL of his crazy allergies. Poor kid.

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I’d gone in with my heart set on the crabby cakes (vegan crab cakes), but I was thrown off my game when I realized it was only an appetizer, and ended up getting the vegan schnitzel instead.

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It was good…but I wish I would have stuck with the crabby’s. Dang!

What’s your favorite race training plan?

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Suzanne April 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm

A night race sounds like fun! You’ll have a great time running that one.
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Anna April 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

The 10k run at night sounds like fun! I love the looks of the Green Owl restaurant since I like owls.
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Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness April 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm

The idea of a night race sounds so fun! When training for my half I loosely followed a running plan I found on runners world but adapted it to include more cross training.
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Brittany April 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

I’m terrible at training plans. They’re good in theory but some how life always gets in the way for me :O Anyway, you’ll do great! It sounds like so much fun!

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Kim April 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

I’m a Type A rule-follower, so I love plans, but I’m also definitely not afraid to switch things around and skip runs now and then. I feel like no one actually follows training plans perfectly, but I could be wrong. :)

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Lisa M. April 3, 2013 at 9:11 am

That race sounds pretty cool! I always went with Higdon and then added my own cross training variations dependent in what I felt like. Kind of a go with the flow runner. I never actually trained for a 10k though. Went straight from 5k to half training. These days I make sure to squeeze in weights along with whatever I do. Oh and core strength of course is most important and will improve your runner:0) Good luck!

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Kim April 3, 2013 at 10:39 am

Thanks Lisa! I’ve always been the same way–Higdon + random variations. It might end up that way this time, too!

Good point on the core strength thing…I can always improve there, training or no training.

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PickyRunner April 3, 2013 at 8:59 am

I would LOVE to do a night race someday! That is going to be so much fun!
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Kim April 3, 2013 at 10:37 am

Yeah, I think it’ll be cool! Hopefully it’s super well lit though…can you imagine? Ha.

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