A Digression from Food – Lessons from My First 10K Race

Ran my first 10k race at the FDR Park today. This was the St. Patrick’s Day Race, hosted by the Taconic Road Runners. Ran 11.06 min per mile on average with a total time of 1:08:49.3. Not terrible for someone who did not train and just showed up today. But it was also not great since my first mile was a 9 min mile.
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Lessons learned:

  • Train well in advance of a race- run 3 to 4 days a week. Run more than 3-4 miles each time
  • Eat less and run more – I burned less than 200 calories with the 10k. Run to eat!
  • Need a drill sergeant or a SoulCycle instructor to yell at me while I run

When I was in mile 5, there were two much older gentlemen running on the opposite side.  One asked me, “What part is hurting now?” It took me a little bit to understand the question because nothing was hurting! The other one asked me, “Are you in the race?  Do you know you only have less than a mile to go?”

I was meandering… with music in my ears. The two gentlemen properly kicked me into gear and I took off for the last mile. I was endorphin-filled for the rest of the afternoon.

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE TO ALL.

Running A 10K Race for The First Time… How to Prep with Only Five Days to Go

imageI signed up for my first 10k race today- St. Patrick’s Day Race put on by the Taconic Road Runners Club.  It will take place in the FDR Park in Yorktown Heights this Sunday, March 13th. I have not trained. In fact, I regressed and ran very little in the past two months. I hope this race will kick me into gear and start running again.

So I have got five days to race day. I believe that means my preparation should only include TWO things

Picking the right music and gear 

Knowing where the parking and registration tables are

Working on the first item – Music. This is what I listen to repeatedly, Borgeous’ Wildfire, when I do short runs. It has the crescendos that get me ramp up and the slow down to catch my breath. It kind of follows the Baroque pattern. Motivating enough, right?

I will probably need more than one song to finish the 6.2 miles. Would love recommendations from my readers. What do you say?