I think one of the coolest things about following a training program and preparing to race a distance you haven’t ever been close to running before, is watching your body conquer longer and longer runs. My training program is 8 weeks long, although I gave myself 9 just in case. Each weekend I have one “long run,” that started out at 3 miles and gradually works its way up to 6 by the end of the 8 weeks.
I started this program right after the B.A.A. 5k, a race I had to participate in after a week-long stomach flu. I was upset with my performance at the 5k, having to walk a lot, and finishing in a time that, although faster than last year, wasn’t even a personal record. After the 5k I knew I was going to have to put in a lot of hard work before the June 10k. If I had to walk during a 5k, I can’t imagine I’m going to be able to pull off a race that is twice the distance! So I started this program. Last weekend I ran 4.2 miles, on a course that was uphill for the first two miles, without walking and without believing I couldn’t do it. Now, I am running 3 miles every Tuesday, and it seems crazy that I couldn't, for the life of me, complete a race of that distance a month ago.