If you were lucky enough to get accepted into the lottery for the Broad Street Run and you are anything like me, you were probably like “Yay!!!!” And then seconds later, “Oh, crap.”
So it’s been a while since my treads have hit the streets. I blame the cold. And my kids. But now it’s time to gear up and get my buns running again.
I have a three part plan to rock this race, and when I say rock, I mean to finish. I’m not trying to break any records (I got that over with in high school – shameless plug to the glory days *sigh*). I just want to run, enjoy the city (that loverly street they call ‘Broad’) and finish… and then probably drink a beer at the Phillies game.
Here’s the plan.
1. Run (obviously).
2. Look cute (trust me, there is logic behind this).
3. Rock out.
Let’s get to it.
Disclosure: I am not a trained running professional. Back in the day I was a “runner” and had a mean baton hand-off, but now my expertise ends at running after my kids before they run into the parking lot at Target. When it comes to running for myself these days (not at Target), what I do know is that I am busy and don’t have time to run more than 3 times per week. Even that is a stretch since right now I am not running at all (shh, don’t tell). But that is all about to change now that I’ve mapped out my plan and will rock (finish) these 10 miles in 10 weeks (technically 11 weeks, but 10 made my sentence sound better).
So the plan is to run 3 times per week. On days in between stretching, yoga, or barre classes are a good idea. Make sure to leave at least one day to just REST. I like to run on Mondays to have one run over with. Don’t think about it. Just get up and run. My other 2 days are pretty much a wildcard, but once on the weekend makes sense since my husband can watch the kids (and you can bet I’ll save my loooong runs for those days).
Here is a printable version of my 10 Mile Training Plan:
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2. Look cute.
You guys. There are going to be days where you don’t want to run. It might be a lot of days. I can’t express in words the power of a cute new running outfit to motivate a workout. It’s lame, it’s superficial, but if it gets you out the door, then I think it’s genius. And, surprise (well, okay, you’re likely not surprised) I have a few training “essentials” as I like to call them.
3. Rock out.
Okay so now you know how far you need to run each day, what you’re going to wear and the last highly motivating factor for me is a sweet playlist.
Here are a few that I just added to mine:
Always Alright – Alabama Shakes
Bad Self Portraits – Lake Street Dive
Fans – Kings of Leon
Thinking Outloud – Ed Sheeran (you’d be surprised how powerful slow songs can be during a run)
I made a Pinterest board with lots of ideas, but I also want YOUR help! Leave a comment with your favorite song to workout to and I’ll think of you during mile 7 and thank you for helping me get through.