SAINTS DAYS 5K & 10K TRAINING STARTS
The upcoming weekend February 23-24 is probably the very last on which an organized or custom race might be scheduled with a St. Valentine’s Day theme. So everyone will be looking ahead to training for the ‘SAINTS DAYS’ 10K competition after week 6.
Although the official holiday is March 17, St. Patrick’s Day-themed races can be found scheduled on the March 16-17 weekend and later in March. For example, Chicago’s Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K will be held March 24 this year.
For those of you not running/walking a 5K, the Saturday long run is 6 miles and the walk is 5 miles. Going forward, you will be building endurance to allow finishing the 10K, 6.1 mile race distance next month with confidence.
How exciting; one Saint's Day down, one to go!
There have been occasional postings about cross training options. The RUN plan does not formally schedule a cross training day. The WALK Earned Runs plan suggests Mondays, and this could work for runners too. Each individual must determine what and how to cross train without adversely affecting running/walking days.
Sundays, Wednesdays, or Fridays could also handle cross-training sessions, depending on your usual level of activity. You may find that a moderately paced swimming session provides a pleasant level of tiredness, or that short high-intensity interval cycle or rowing sessions invigorate your next run.
Experiment and learn what helps you to perform best physically and mentally. Although the RUN plan has 4 running days (WALK plan has 4 walking days), one day could be substituted with cross-training to spare your legs. However, runners should keep the long run sessions and the hills’ sessions if you are comfortably able to perform them. Walkers should try to maintain the long walk and one HIIT walk session.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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