Sunday, September 7, 2008

10k Training

Every Thanksgiving, my family walks or runs the 10k race in Cincinnati. This year is the 99th running of the T-day 10k! Usually my dad and older sister run the entire race, my husband, brother in law, and younger sister walk/run, and my mom walks. I've run/walked it the past 2 years at a little bit slower pace than the sister/husband/brother in law group. The first year I did the 10k in 90 minutes (mostly walking), the last year I did it in 78 minutes, this year I'm hoping to run the entire race in 70 minutes, allowing for an 11 minute mile.

I love the course, it winds through downtown Cincinnati, then over the bridge to Kentucky, then back to Cincinnati around Paul Brown Stadium (where the Bengals play) and finishing in front of Great American Ball Park (where the Reds play). Cincinnati is quite hilly, and there is a pretty substantial uphill section at the very beginning, then around mile 2 you go up a bridge, and around mile 5, you go back over to Ohio, up another looooong bridge. Those are my 3 worry areas, but I think I'll be OK as I've been doing some hill training in my neighborhood and my parents when I'm home in Cincinnati.

I'll be loosely following Hal Higdon's 10k training program, where I'll be doing 2-3 runs per week around 3-4 miles, and my long run on Saturday or Sunday, building up by .5 miles each weekend. I'm going to do a 10k dry run probably 2 weeks before the race.
I've also found 2 5k races to run between now and then to get myself pumped up about the competition, as my family is VERY competitive :)


  1. This is going to be your best year yet! I'm so excited for you!!!

  2. Have fun. I too will be doing a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. Looking forward to it.

    Running through the city will be fun except for those darn hills. I know exactly what you mean because I ran 2 miles in Downtown Cleveland in July and there quite a few hills I wasn't expecting.

    Train well. You will do great.

  3. ooooh good luck! andrew followed hal's marathon training. he really enjoyed it and it really helped prepare him well.

  4. i ran the whole course last year, thank you very much!

  5. Wow! You are very inspiring. I just ordered the Shred dvd today. I workout really well for a few weeks and then not for a couple of weeks. I am getting married in 18 days so after that and getting back from the honeymoon I plan to buckle down and lose the 15lbs that I put on over the last year. Please keep blogging and sharing recipes. You inspire me.