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Training to run

August 31, 2015

I hate running. For those of you that know me, this should come as no surprise. Yet once a year, I find myself at the starting line of a 5k race with a dear friend for no other purpose than the fact that it’s called the Moustache Run and I absolutely love moustaches.

Usually we run a 5k. No big deal, I can get myself ready to run that in just a few weeks after running virtually zero for the rest of the year.

This year, we’ve upgraded to a 10k.

Which means I need to actually train to make sure I can run the whole distance.

Yikes.

Thankfully, there are a ton of websites and apps devoted to helping non-runners like me turn into a runner in just a few months (or weeks, depending on your starting fitness level).

A little over a week ago, I downloaded an app on my phone (I have an Android) called 10K Runner Training. I love this stupid thing! It takes you from a couch to a 10k in just 14 weeks! Thankfully, I’ve been doing enough cardio (yet another reason I adore yoga) that I was able to start on week 7. But if you need to start at week 1, fret not.

The first workout consists of a 5 minute warm up walk, then alternating 60 seconds jogging with 90 seconds walking 8 times. You repeat this 3 times during the first week before bumping up to week 2.

One of my favorite things about this app is that you only need to commit to running three times a week. Yup, just three times! I was so insanely happy that I wasn’t going to have to get up early every day or forsake my yoga practice for this race. I can totally devote 3 days to running. Especially when fall is coming and the weather is gorgeous for a jog along the river where I live.

A second app I downloaded is called Runkeeper. You start this guy when you begin your run for the day, and it tracks your distance, total time, average pace and lets you take notes about the run. For example, I did a morning run (read 6:30am) this week and it was horrible because I hadn’t eaten. So in the notes, I put: bad morning run. This way I will remember the circumstances for that day and not think there’s something wrong.

So there you have it. How even I, who hates running, can work myself up to running a little over 6 miles. All for the sake of a sweet hat and wearing a goofy moustache!

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