I’ve told you time and time again that I am the anti-runner. I’m not fast. I only run/walk/jog for 3 miles at a time around my neighborhood or nearby park. When I do run, I space out and listen to ratchet or heavy metal music because it’s the only time I can listen without my sons around. I want to challenge myself (especially post-Fitbloggin) so I signed up to run the Runner’s World Half & Festival 10K on October 18th.
THE RUNNER’S WORLD HALF MARATHON & FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 17-19, 2014
Runner’s World is pleased to kick off the 2014 Runner’s World Half Marathon and running Festival in our own backyard–Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The festival weekend includes a 5K, 10K, half marathon, kids races, seminars, live music, and the return of the Hat Trick!
The racecourses feature Bethlehem’s historic neighborhoods, including some of the town’s original 1741 settlement, two renowned colleges, Lehigh University and Moravian College, and the former Bethlehem Steel complex–where the backbone of the nation was literally forged.
The festival weekend next year will include:
- Live music
- Running films
- Prerace dinner with Runner’s World editors
- Kids races, children’s programming, and a children’s competitive mile with prize money going to the top 6 winners’ schools (Friday)
- 5K and 10K races (Saturday)
- Half marathon (Sunday)
And if that’s not enough for you, take on our multiple-race options – the Hat Trick (5K, 10K, and Half Marathon) or the Five & Dime (5K and 10K).
Once again, HQ for the weekend will be on the grounds of the beautifully refurbished Bethlehem Steel Mill and ArtsQuest SteelStacks campus.
Yes, today was the first day of my 10K training. I am using the 10K Trainer Free – Run for Pink app on my iPhone. Touted as “the easiest program to get beginners from couch potatoes to 10K distance runners in just 14 weeks.”, the program aims to slowly build strength and stamina by alternating between walking and running. The blend of walking and running together reduces the overall impact and risk of injury, makes training more fun, keeps your body guessing, and prepares you to go the distance. By the end of the program, you should be fitter, stronger and healthier than you have ever been. Alright! The 10K Trainer worked well my first day. I liked that I could listen to my and playlist while I train. Yes, booty shaking an head banging ensued while being cued to run, walk, and cool down. I’m tracking my eating, exercise, and sleep on my new FitBit which I’m still trying to work the quirks. Remember that accountability post? Well, I am trying to cover all my bases.
Runner’s World offers training programs for all levels and distances of the race. I am going to purchase it and compare it to the training app I am using.
Runner’s World 10K Plan for Beginners
Plan length: 6 weeks
Weekly routine: 5 days of running, 2 rest days
Weekly mileage: 17-22.5 miles
Quality workouts: aerobic intervals and gentle mid-run pickups
Long runs: start at 4 miles, peak at 6.5 miles
The race is three months away and I need to start conditioning my body to run. Sure, I can spin, Zumba, kickbox, and yoga with the best of ’em but running is something I struggle with. I’m not sure why. I think it is mind over matter and the mindset that running is for only fast people. My inspiration for this race? My sons, my husband, and myself. I can do this! And I want that medal, gosh darn it.
And of course a high five from Bart!
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