With training kicking off last week, and fall just around the corner, it's time for another round of 10k training. Today's topic is how will my running change this fall, but it's pretty basic that I'll be training after not training in the summer. I decided to put a small spin and talk about why I like 10ks, and their training cycles.
A BIG reason I'm doing 10ks is because it's what I can do with my knee right now, but I'm also having the most fun I've had since training for my first half. My first half was a challenge, and I embraced it all. Then I felt like I kind of had to keep it up since I'd already done one, and by the time I did my last half, I wasn't having much fun. I can have fun with a 10k, and still push myself in training.
Speaking of that training, I can switch runs around if I need to, like yesterday, and I have a flexible enough schedule. If I have to miss a run, it's not the end of the world either. I panicked every time I had to miss a run during half marathon training, due to life happening. Life is busy, and whether it's something social I wanted to do over training, or work was stressful and I need to rest, I'd stress out if I missed a run. Now I know it's not too bad, and if I have to miss a run, I'm most likely missing a 2-mile run during the week instead of 5 miles.
A lot of race series are adding 10k races too, so I get all the fun of traveling to fun places and get great medals (most of the time). I started noticing when Disney was adding 10ks, I wanted those medals so much more than the half marathon medals. I'm still quite jealous of those who have done the Minnie Mouse 10k at Disney World. I don't know when, but some day I'll do that race just for the medal. I mean heck, I signed up for the Tinkerbell 10k just for the medal, and then I had a blast that weekend.
Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.