New Jersey State Triathlon - 07.21 & 07.22.18

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Training for the Perfect 10

 Training for the Perfect 10

I have come across many training plans in my years as a runner. I think finding the perfect training plan is like finding the perfect running shoe – when it works, you know it immediately {and then, if you are like me, you will buy 10 pairs of the same shoe – in different colors of course!} 

The most important part of any training plan is setting yourself up for success from the start. For me, I know that running in the morning makes the most sense for my life, and ensures I get my workout in before the craziness of the day takes over. So I always run in the morning – knowing what works best for you is half the batter in a successful training plan! 

Another huge part of training smart is making sure you have some endurance built up before training actually begins.  I aim to have a certain mileage base already built up before going into any training plan for a race – it makes it easier not to start from scratch, and your body will thank you for the heads up! 

My standard training plan for a 10 mile race looks a little something like this – I first find the race day in my calendar & mark it with “10 Miles,” then, I go to the previous weekend & mark it with an 8 or 9 miles, depending on how my endurance was leading up to the race. I tend to train on average 2 miles under race distance – adding a mile or two to my longest run each week up until race day. I usually do my long runs on Saturday morning, but each week is different and it’s just smart to plan ahead as much as possible. During the week in between the long runs, I make time for 3-5 miles, speed work and strength training, to mix it up! 

This is the training plan that has worked for me through 3 marathons, 8 half marathons and many other races in between {10 miles being my favorite race distance, ever!} It’s important to do lots of research, give yourself time to plan ahead, find something that works for you and commit to it 100%! It doesn’t matter if you run, walk or crawl to that finish line – if you train smart and hard you will end each race with a smile on your face, and maybe even some new race bling too! 

What’s Your Favorite Way to Train for the Perfect 10? 

Leslie currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and her little dog.  She shares her adventures in healthy living in the city on her personal blog, And Her Little Dog Too.