Daily News' Press Run over the Causeway Sept. 13

Training for my first 10k.

In the past two years, I’ve run about a dozen 5ks, even placing first in my age group a few times. I run with my husband around the neighborhood or on the beach, once or twice a week, when our schedule allows.

And we do a lot of running in Island Boot Camp, which I attend three days a week.

 But I still don’t consider myself a “runner.” 

That’s probably because I still find running to be a mental and physical challenge. I struggle with proper breathing. I get bored after two miles and I can’t seem to improve my pace.

So, I’m challenging myself by running my first 10k in The Daily News’ Press Run, which is Sept. 13 and benefits Newspapers In Education.

The Press Run is one of three local races that go over the Galveston Causeway, which is fun in itself.  But I am also partial to the cause, which is literacy and getting newspapers into classrooms.

In this occasional blog, I’ll track my progress and focus on challenges. I’ll also be looking for advice from runners out there.

My first request for advice revolves around a target time.

What’s a reasonable time for my first 10k? My average 5k time is 28 minutes. My worst is 30 minutes.

Is it reasonable to try to double that? Can I run my first 10k in less than an hour?

Any thoughts? 

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(12) comments

Kevin Lang

Laura, I'm sure you'll do well with 10K if you're typical 5K is in the 28-30 minute range. An hour is a good target, but it will take some extra training to hit that. I'd estimate, considering the heat of mid-September, the humidity, probablility of wind, the two hill climbs, and your first race at the distance, something in the 1:02 to 1:06 range would probably be a reasonable goal. It's not unreasonable, though, for 3 months of training to drop your 5K times into the 24-26 minute range, and your 10K target down into the 55 minute ballpark.

A reasonable rule of thumb is that for a given level of conditioning, doubling the race distance from 5K to 10K will probably add 20-40 seconds per mile. The amazingly conditioned (and fast) runners may only lose about 10 seconds per mile.

Good luck. I'll be back out there again this year, too. Hopefully in good enough shape to beat you and compete with Michael :-)

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Laura Elder

Thanks for the great feedback. I'm going to start this week seriously training and hope I can do it under an hour, but would still be proud of a 1:02. I'm also training in the heat (another blog) so I'm trying to get acclimated.
Glad to hear you'll be out there. We always appreciate your support in this event!

George Croix

I quit running when Jim Fixx did.

Still, in this area, acclimation to heat is not a bad thing.
I still mow the grass and do most work around the house in heavy, long sleeved coveralls, from back when I was in my firefighting days, and needed to be as heat resistant as possible.
If you do as well running as you do reporting, you should clean Lang's plow. Besides, he's got to tote around all those extra 'other hands' he's always using...[beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]

Kevin Lang

Now, if I could learn to run on my hands.... [beam]

Steve Fouga

"Still, in this area, acclimation to heat is not a bad thing."

Exactly. It makes sense for a person to be able to do the activities they prefer in typical local conditions -- in our case heat, humidity, and wind.

I'm able to stand on a rock and fish in heat, humidity, and wind.

Jimi Luv

If your getting bored after 2 miles you may need a different goal. How do you feel after a run? Good, bad, tired, relaxed? I've been running a long time, probably before you were born. I stopped watching the clock a long time ago and just head out the door. No watch, no headphones, just a water bottle. I don't pay attention to pace even when running half and full marathons. I make sure I

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Laura Elder

Jimiluv, bored was probably a strong word. But I do find the same scenery dull. Maybe I need to shake up my routes. I plan to change them and see whether that helps.

Steve Fouga

Laura, I know Galveston can be a tough place to find new scenery, even though people come here to see it!

I don't know where you run, but I recommend the far East End of the Island if you haven't already tried it -- the levee, Beachtown, Bodekker, and the trails cut for the oil-spill remediation.

I'm sure you know about the far West End. It's all good, miles of it. A long trek for a working person, however.

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Laura Elder

We usually run through the historic neighborhoods on the East End, which is pretty, but I've seen it all. I certainly will give the far east end a try this weekend.

Jimi Luv

can finish in the allotted time. Running is a passion I'll keep enjoying and I know you will too.

John Nilsson

I've run about two dozen 10Ks and if I make it in under an hour, I'm happy. I'm not a competitive runner.

Christine Hopkins

Hey Laura,
Congrats on your first 10K! That's great news. By the way, once you run 6 miles; you can run a half marathon. Join us on Thursdays at Ball High Track for Legion Fitness. We focus on form and do some great drills. [beam]

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