Fitness Fridays: Training for a 5 Mile Race

by lydia on March 9, 2012

I mentioned the other day in my post, ‘What’s Going On in My World‘, that I have always wanted to run in the annual race held in my hometown. The Media 5-Miler. It’s a big to do where I’m from, and for all of my life I have stood by while watching and cheering the runners on, ever since I was a little girl. Something inside me has always egged on the thought of, ‘I just want to say I’ve done that race’. And so, this year is the year. My boyfriend has done a number of tri-athalons and keeps inviting me to do races and events with him. Apart from his persistent asking, I may never have done any of these runs. First of all, I hate running. HATE IT! Other than the occasional sprinting sessions, I detest purposely running more than a mile. Second of all, I hate long boring cardio. Not my thing. However, an event like this is a whole ‘nother story. Something about the once in awhile competition or running event, the camaraderie and the sense of accomplishment all intrigue me. So, I am signing up. Yep, I can’t really quite believe it. It’s a rather treacherous hilly beast of a course too. But, I know I’ll survive it.

In light of this new undertaking, I’d like to share my plan for training. I do not plan to run endless miles to prepare. Nor will I likely even run the course more than once or twice prior to the race. Nope, nuh uh. I think over training and too much cardio really taxes your adrenal glands and since I am trying to keep healing mine from slipping back into adrenal fatigue, I am aiming to play it safe. I plan to train by doing what I am already doing and maybe starting up sprints and hill sprints in the near future. Why? I don’t think it’s necessary to train my body by running endlessly just to run one 5 mile race. I honestly think I will do my body a service by training through anaerobic training, sprints and increasing my kettlebell workouts. I also think making sure I keep adequate fats in my diet will go a long way in my ability to endure this race. Not to mention, making sure I am digesting them. You see fats are the body’s long burning source of fuel and energy and without them, I’d fatigue and burn out in a race like this. So, that’s my basic plan as of now. I’ll keep you posted and let you know how ‘torcherously’ fun my race goes in June! (right photo – that’s my friend Des, she’s a marathon runner. I used to live right in town and the course went right up my street – I always stood out front and cheered the runners on. It was always fun to see how many people I knew that ran in the race! Des, sure looks like she was having fun, doesn’t she?!)

In the meantime, I absolutely love this post by Mark Sisson; ‘Do You Have to Run, To Be Able To Run‘. I highly recommend reading it if you find my approach intriguing, or perhaps appalling even.

For more reading on good fitness ideals, check out this book by Paul Chek, founder of the C.H.E.K Institute. One of my friends and instructors of pilates & yoga, Lisa, attended courses through the C.H.E.K Institute. After hearing about Paul Chek through Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness as well as Diane of Balanced Bites, it was not a surprise to me that Lisa had such a great experience with her learning through the C.H.E.K Institute. Needless to say, his book is a great overview of a healthy lifestyle with a good primer on how we should move in life based on our hunter gatherer ancestory, considering we are 99.9% genetically the same as we were WAY back then!

How To Eat Move & Be Healthy. Paul Chek




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Jessica @ Delicious Obsessions March 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I’m all about interval training. I’ve never been a runner, nor a fan of cardio period. As a matter of fact, by nature, I’m pretty darn lazy if I let myself. But interval training I can do and I don’t mind doing it. It’s fantastic, whether it’s outside on your own, or in a gym on a treadmill, bike, or elliptical. I see these people at the gym killing themselves to get those 5 miles a day in and it always makes me wonder if they know how much damage they’re doing to their body.

I have my own set routine that I do for interval training and I feel so much better doing that for 20 minutes than jogging on a treadmill for an hour!

Good luck! One of these days, I’ll actually do a race too. There’s one that I say I’m going to do every year and then I never get around to doing it!

Loretta March 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

You go girl ! :-)

Dez March 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm

To clarify…I really was not having THAT much fun! :) Must’ve been the first loop. Also, not a marathon runner…only did one 1/2 marathon…prob. for the same reason you are doing this race…to say I’ve done it and to experience it.

Have you ever done trail running in the woods? That is now my run of choice…much more interesting than the road!

Anyways, I look forward to cheering you on and maybe I’ll post a “lovely” picture of you on my fb! 😉

lydia March 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Ha ha, Dez you are such a good sport! Last I knew you were training for the 1/2 marathon. I don’t really run, period. Trail running would be fun if someone was chasing me perhaps, lol! Yes, by all means you can post pics of me on facebook – just know that this is a GOOD pic of you, it really is, that’s why I thought you wouldn’t mind! (big sheepish grin)

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