Things I learned while training for a 10K

I haven’t had the best of trainings.  Granted, it has gone way better than the last time I attempted a 10K.  I’ve had setbacks, and that has been really frustrating.  I have tried to make the most of it, and hopefully I won’t die on Sunday.  🙂

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Here are some things I’ve learned along the way about training for a race.

  • Expect that things may not go your way.  I spent most of August not running because I was so afraid I had a stress fracture.  (I didn’t- just muscle tightness)  This meant I missed a month of running and I haven’t bounced back well from that time off.  I’ve only had 2 runs at a 5k or longer distance.
  • Illness (like injuries) happens.  I was all prepared to spend the past 2.5 weeks running like crazy.  Nope.  I got sick.  I hadn’t had a cold in over a year, so this threw me for a loop.  Add a weekend travelling and it was just a bad mix all around.
  • Find what works for you, and stick with it.  This time around, I tried something new.  And it just didn’t work for me, which is a shame.  It ended up making me not want to run and caused me a lot of anxiety I didn’t need.  It also brought on feelings of inadequacy and shame, along with the anxiety and stress.Granted, this is something I am going to have to work on (perhaps) if I want to move on in life.  However, as my elementary teachers used to say: “Cindy doesn’t play well with others.”  (This isn’t a reflection on anyone but myself and my social anxiety issues.)
  • Don’t forget cross/strength training.  I knew I should be doing it, but didn’t do much of it.  For me it was an all or nothing thing.  If I wasn’t running, I wasn’t doing anything.  I got really too much in my own way in training.

Have you ever encountered issues in race training?  Do you have any advice for me so I don’t die on Sunday? 

3 Comments

  1. 01/10/2013 / 19:14

    Cindy,
    *a massive hug*
    You’ll be fine on Sunday, trust me! I and others will be rooting for you all the way!
    Sam

  2. 03/10/2013 / 11:41

    Start at the back and work forwards! So much more heartening than starting at the front and going backwards. Oh yes, and if you spot an octogenarian running at your speed, stick to them like glue. They’re usually excellent pacers and a font of useful information.
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    • 03/10/2013 / 17:55

      Thank you! I planned on being at the back (as I am so slow anyways) but I will find an octogenarian at my speed! 🙂

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