Well, it’s come down to this. Our 10 week training program is over.
I was a little worried about enrolling in this program. I wasn’t used to running on hills. The runs were in Troy and I would have to deal with the 5 pm traffic. Would everyone be faster than me? Would I enjoy it? What if I couldn’t do the Saturday runs?
- Yes, there were hills. I ran up some and walked up some. But I got better. They didn’t kill me.
- I succeeded in getting to Prospect Park and RPI on time with minimal problems.
- The runners were super nice. Yes, some were faster, some were slower. But you were never left behind.
- I looked forward to my weekly group runs. I even went to them on my normal rest day (after my 10 mile race and 15K race on the previous day.)
- Monday’s runs were more important. They included drills and speed work. Saturday runs were for distance and I usually ran more on my own. So I didn’t miss much only going on Mondays.
Even before I know how I will do on this 10K race, I can talk about the benefits of the program.
- Meet new runners. New friends. Great conversations (about running, of course.)
- New places to run –Prospect Park, around RPI, bike path near Knickerbocker Arena
- Speed drills – I never do them on my own.
- Hills – yes, they are necessary if you want to get faster and stronger.
- Motivation – it’s more motivating to run with others.
- Great coach (not to mention that he was young and cute.)
I am already planning to sign up for this training group challenge again as it is offered for the Freihofer Run for Women this spring.
Now the race…
It’s a big one…. it will be crowded.
The race starts at 8 am so it will be cold. Hopefully the streets will be cleared from the Wednesday snowstorm.
Since Troy is hilly, I assume that the race will be too and you run over the Green Island Bridge and back. That’s all I know.
Our coach says to divide the race into thirds – first 1/3 – start out strong, second 1/3 – ease back, last 1/3 – kick into high gear. We’ll see about that. I do not have the stamina to run the whole 6 miles but I’ll do my best.
A. PR (under 58:28)
B. Finish under 1 hour
C. Finish under 1:04:54
D. Finish happy and uninjured
Whatever the results, it should be a fun time and I am looking forward to running it with my training group (followed by a big dinner!!)
Happy Running! Are you running a Turkey Trot this year?