Minimum Training for Common Race Distances

August 19, 2015

I mentioned on Monday how I signed up for a 10k race to get my butt in gear for some more consistent training. Then I got to thinking, how much fitness does one really need to run a race, depending on the distance? Here is a quick break down of what I would be comfortable signing up for, in order of race distance. I’m not saying this is the only fitness level for each race by any means – just what I would feel comfortable doing. In every case, being trained for a race is the optimal way to toe the start line – this is just in case you don’t have that option.

The 5k

A 5k road race, which is 3.1 miles, is relatively easy to complete if you have any sort of cardiovascular fitness. You can pretty easily walk 3 miles in under an hour, so by no means would I hesitate to sign up for this sort of race. If I was hoping to run fast splits or really whittle down my time, I would want a solid 8 weeks of speed work under my belt to achieve this. I’m talking 400’s & 800’s with active rest (aka, no true stopping). With that said, continuing with long runs and solid week day runs is key here too. When I ran cross-country in college, the courses were 5k in length, but we were still running 12 mile long runs on the weekend to build strength and fitness.

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The 10k

This distance is a bit more involved than a 5k – obviously twice the distance – so I wouldn’t be nearly as eager to want to walk 6 miles. For me to run a 10k in 4 weeks, I wanted to be sure I was comfy running 4.5 – 5 miles with ease. I was able to do that over the weekend, so I am not too concerned. I have been running 3-4 times a week for 3 or so miles at a time, so I have a pretty decent base for 6 miles. By no means am I saying a fast base – at all – but my cardio fitness is a-ok to finish. If I were racing the 10k, I would have wanted to have had long runs on the weekends, similar to that of a 5k training plan long run. For the workouts, think mile repeats and a bit more distance in each workout.

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The 1/2 marathon

I wouldn’t want to come to anything like a half marathon (or longer) under prepared. Slogging through 13.1 miles seems really awful. I find it necessary to train for a solid 12 weeks for a half marathon and would say the minimal long run I would be comfortable with before running a 1/2 is about 8 miles. Much less than that, I wouldn’t be a fan. I do feel that a much more comfortable long run before a half marathon is 11-12 miles – longer if you are looking to really put some speed in there. My best half marathon times have always resulted from solid marathon training – think 18-20 mile long runs.

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The marathon

I’ve shown up to one marathon unprepared, and I swore I would never, ever do it again. I ran 16 miles a solid 2 months before race day, and did not get in many more long runs after that. Running 26.2 miles under trained is absolutely awful. If you haven’t had adequate time to train for a marathon (12-16 weeks, with a good starting base), then drop down to the half, or just defer until next year. You will risk injury and being unhappy the entire time if you go ahead with the distance. It’s really just not worth it! If you really want to excel with this race, be able to run 8-10 miles easily at the start of your training. Then, follow  a training plan from there. Be consistent with your long runs and run solid during the week too. Get adequate rest and sleep during the training cycle, and you really should be set.

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What are you comfortable with, fitness wise, when it comes to signing up for a last minute race?

Needing A Race For Motivation

August 17, 2015

I’ve never really needed a race on the horizon to motivate me to keep my mileage up – until now that is. For whatever reason, I am absolutely struggling to get in any sort of distance runs this summer. I’ve nailed a few 5 milers here and there, but really haven’t had much luck getting in more than 3-4 miles on most of my runs. I’m not signing up for anything too long this fall, as we are trying to expand our family so I am doing my best to keep my weight up and my activity down a bit – hence why I’m running a heck of a lot less. Keep your fingers crossed for us 😉

I went ahead and signed up for a 10k race up in Cleveland next month. We are visiting my sister for the weekend up there, and I started searching to see if there are any races. Florida is so dang hot, even in September, so I figured why not get in a race in Ohio, where the temps are actually pretty cool that time of year. I stumbled upon the Dirty Rocks 10k, which runs on a bridle path in a park in Cleveland. Ive

With a 10k in the race calendar, I figured I better get in a few 5-6 mile runs between now and then, so I kicked off my Saturday with a nice 5 miler. The weather was oddly nice (it was 74 when I started instead of 78. Those 4 degrees made a world of difference! Grant and I hoofed it around town to make up the 5 miles, and I feel much more comfortable with running a 6 mile race in a few short weeks.

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I can’t say I was doubting my abilities, but I also would rather not struggle through any distance of running, even if it is 6 miles right now. Since Emily and I are running the race together when we head to Cleveland, she is upping her mileage a little bit too. We simultaneously sent each other a text on Saturday post run, and they were quite similar!

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I guess twins really do think alike! We are keeping each other accountable these days, which I love!

Anyone else have an accountability partner? Do you need a race to train for to really be consistent with mileage?

North Carolina Trip – Lake Glenville

August 2, 2015

Ever since we left vacation a couple of weeks ago, life has been a little crazy. Work has been quite taxing, and then I’ve dealt with a couple of illnesses on top of that. With a whole house of sick people, blogging has had to take quite the back seat lately. Trying to get in exercise while I was sick just wasn’t a heck of a lot of fun – nor was it much fun to write about. But I am back in action and really need to get back to my little corner of the internet!

I feel like I have a ton to chat about, but still want to give the rest of our trip justice. I have a couple of photos I am waiting on from our friends we stayed with in North Carolina, but figured I would go ahead and share a few more with you all until I am able to get my hands on them.

The last day we were in Highlands, we took a little trip to Lake Glenville, which is about 20 minutes away from where we were staying (more like 45 minutes if you get lost, but that’s neither here nor there). We had a great time. We found a public swimming area – which I would try to stay away from, FYI. Even though the spot wasn’t ideal, the lake itself was gorgeous! Living in Florida, we have no shortage of water, but fresh water (without alligators!) is quite hard to come by. Here are a few fun photos from our day at the lake!

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Highlands North Carolina Photo Dump

July 15, 2015

We are up in North Carolina for the week, so I thought I’d stop in for a quick photo dump of the trip so far. We’ve done some hiking, a lot of relaxing, and are spending some amazing time with friends and family. I hope everyone is having a great week so far!


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Must Have Items for Your Newborn

July 10, 2015

This post is brought to you by the Publix Baby Club. All opinions are my own.

Getting pregnant is a whirlwind of emotions. You try for so long, and then one day, you finally get that extra line on your pregnancy test. I’ll never forget the day it happened to me, and I definitely hope to feel those emotions again some day. After realizing your life is about to change, like whoa, the thought of having a family starts to sink in. You are able to share your news with others and then the big questions get asked – When are you due? Are you finding out the gender? And the big one – Have you registered yet? Register? What the heck should I register for? How do I choose which brands are the best for me?

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Knowing what you actually need to get for a little one is a huge endeavor. There are so many cool things out there, and due to amazing marketing, you feel like you have to get it – all of it. Well, that is quite far from the truth. Everyone needs the one friend to tell them what they really need to make it through the first few weeks (months, & years) so here ya go. Here are a few tips and must haves for the new mom.

Buy Changing Pad Liners

If there is one thing babies do, and a whole lot of it, is poop. And its not anything close to solid. Instead of getting mountains of changing pad covers, buy a bunch of liners instead. You can easily take them off, spray them down, and throw them in the wash. They are going to get stained and its no big deal.

Become a Member of the Publix Baby Club

I shop at Publix as my go to grocery store, so becoming a member of the Publix Baby Club was a no brainer when I had Grant. For first time parents, they send you a book, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child at no charge, along with great coupons when you become a member.

The program is for newborns to toddlers up to the age of 2, so they are with you those big first couple of years. The coupons are for both Publix brand items, as well as some national brands as well. Getting all your groceries and diapers in one spot? Yes please!

Especially when they are on sale that week too! Publix also offers some great tips and tricks in their newsletter that is sent out to members as well. Even if I get just one useful tip every once in a while, it is well worth it!

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Get a Few Packs of Diaper Genie Refills

Registering for a Diaper Genie is a no-brainer – you have to have one. But the refills?? I didn’t think I would need that many right away. Honestly, any trips you don’t have to make out of the house in the first 6-8 weeks is a blessing, especially for something as silly as refills for the poop box. Register for a few boxes of the refills. You will not regret it – not even a little bit. You can actually get these at Publix too!

Buy Extra Paci’s

I am pretty sure pacifiers are in the same category as hair ties and bobby pins. You have a million of them, and then misplace them all the time, not being able to find them when you actually need them. Currently, we rotate through about 7 of them, pretty much only finding them all on the weekend when we really search for them. We used these when Grant was a newborn and still use them regularly for naptime & bedtime. Mam is Grant’s all time favorite brand. He wouldn’t use anything else when he was an infant so we just went ahead and stuck with them.

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I’m sure there are plenty of items and tips I am missing, but these are the biggest that come to mind that aren’t the dead obvious ones, like diapers, wipes, and extra onesies.

Just in case you want to check out Publix’s new baby video, check this out. It is really way too cute!


Are you a member of the Publix Baby Club? If you don’t have kids yet, do you plan to become a member in the future?