I feel like this is actually goal number two!! Last weekend (March 5th, 2010) I completely a 5k run with a friend of mine in 37 mins! Huge accomplishment for several reason:
1. I finished my previous 5 K last summer in 45 mins.
2. I am only 5 feet tall - so a 12 min mile is pretty fast for me!
3. It was 42 degrees with 40 mph winds that felt like 20 degrees!
With that behind me, I am now training for my first 10K. I would say I "somewhat" trained for the 5k - the weather in January and February was not favorable for running out doors so I didn't get to run outside as much as I wanted. I did however cross trained quite a bit - 2-3 times a week. Since cross training kept my heart rate up the entire hour, it also helped my endurance for the 5K.
The training for the 10K includes cross training 2 times a week, while throwing in runs 3 times a week. My good friend Sherry is now a certified running coach and as set up a plan for me that is flexible but also structured. I will be bumping up my miles each week until I reach the goal of 6.2 miles at the end of April. Where I will then participate in a Relay for Life event on the 29th and turn around and run a 10K on May 1st. Between now and then I will be conditioning my body to run the majority of those miles, while strengthening my body through the cross training. I recently said to a friend of mine "If I'm not in the best shape I have ever been in by summer then I will be really mad"... I feel like that even more now then before with the majority of my week being taken over by training and running!!
2.1 Miles - 26 mins
Several hills, quite a bit of wind
average pace 13mins/mile