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Okay... I'm very consistent w/my running. My knee is feeling kinda weird again, but no pain. Last week I ran Mon, Tue, and Wed. I think I really need to have a rest day between Mon/Tue.<br><br>
Today I began week six. Finished an uneventful 5 miles. There's a 100% chance of rain and it was 43* out and a little foggy. I finished in 1:40. I've been told that even though that is really slow, it's okay for me since I'm just starting to build up miles.
 

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Cool! You're building up your miles, and I agree you need rest between at least one of those days especially if your knee is starting to bother you. If you want to do something else, try doing some core work on your off day (unless you already do that).
 

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After looking at the 10k plan on here the other day when I saw your post, I've decided to mesh it with the Higdon plan I had just started, so who knows what week I'm on, I'm just counting down the weeks to my race (7). I mixed up my runs earlier this week anyway, but as long as I get the miles in I guess it doesn't matter too much what day I do them on. Today was an easy day, 3 miles on the treadmill, saving my long run for Monday since it's a holiday and I get the day off and hoping for a bit nicer of weather so I can run outside.<br><br>
Careful with your knees, I think you're definitely right on needing a rest day in between runs, three days in a row is a bit much for me at this point. Good luck in the next week!
 

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Thanks GB! I usually reserve the core work for my off days, so taking Tue. off is a good fit. I usually do a full body workout on Mon and Wed.<br><br>
Hey Intensebeet - Nice job on your 3 today! Looking forward to hearing about your progress. I'm glad my next 5 miler is on Monday and it is a day off for me too. I won't have to get up as early as I normally would.
 

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I am working through the 10k training program too. I am quite a few weeks behind you but I will still check in with you since this is the only 10k thread. I actually started a few weeks back working through Hal Higdon's 8k training program to get ready for a 5 mile March 22nd. I am a recent C25k grad (Oct) who has never ran further than 3 miles. (Well except for my 4 5k races...I guess the .1 should count for something...lol.) Then last week a friend of mine found a good 10k that is April 26th and it was exactly enough weeks away for this training program so I switched last week. I have never ran more than 3 days a week and never ran more than 3 miles at a time so I am pretty nervous going in to this. So, week 2 starts for me in about 20 minutes.....
 

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Birdie - Don't you worry, your body will adapt. You and I are not that different. I was a little afraid to do back to back runs and run longer than 3 miles too, but some really awesom KR ladies assured me that it would be fine. Listen to your body and all will be well. Our 10K's are on teh same day! How wild is that! So you absolutely have to post a race report when you finish. I'll be looking for it. My goal for now is just to finish the race without stopping to walk. I walk part of the course to my office on a daily basis and I know the area is really hilly, so I'm not really sure my goal is realistic, but... it's a goal. <img alt="rolleyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif"> Keep checking in and I'll keep the weekly thread going.
 

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That is funny the races are on the same day. I will definitely stay in this thread then. My goal is about the same for my 10k...just to finish and not walk. Mine is a very flat course...it is along A1A so I will see the beach the whole way. I am lucky though because there is a 3 race series in March with a 5k, 4 mile and 5 mile race that I am going to use to get ready for the extra distance.<br><br>
I just finished wk2 d1...I did an easy 3 miles. It is so humid here today though I am glad it wasn't much more. I push my two year old on the weekday runs and she was throwing a fit in the stroller for the first 1/2 mile not making it much easier. It was a good run though...I am still nervous for tomorrow...first time running two days in a row.
 

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Nice job on your run yesterday Birdie! I imagine it is very difficult to run pushing a two yr old especially one who is not happy. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> You did great. Way to stick it out in the humidity.<br><br>
Yesterday (wk6/d2) I did 3m w/5 hills. Uuuugggghhh!!! Those things kill me! Yay me! I get to do it again next Monday. <img alt="rolleyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif"> I think my math was wrong on the distance though. So... instead of running 4 miles tomorrow, I'll reign it in to 3.5. I'm supposed to have a total mileage of 14.5 this week.
 

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Oooo! Running in high humidity is painful! Good job, Birdie <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Chosha, hills are also my nemesis, but they do make us better runners. I'm gearing up again for a 1/2 marathon or two this spring, and haven't done much longer distances lately, so I might check in here from time to time, although it isn't the same as your 10k I'll be struggling for the next week with my running buddy gone on vacation.<br><br>
For me, running alone is so boring, and the longer the distance, the more boring it becomes. That's the hardest part, keeping myself from just giving up while running because I'm bored! This week's schedule (not from a plan here) is in miles per day:<br><br>
5, 5, 3, 7. Last week I was supposed to do 5, 5, 3, 6 but didn't get my 6 in nor one of the 5s. I was a slacker. I take the rest days when I can, not on a specific day depending on how I feel.
 

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I did 3.5 miles last night, on the treadmill because it started snowing again, though I think I'd rather run in the snow than in high humidity! I meant to do 4 miles, but I was having some serious motivation problems from the first step. I'm gonna try hills today after work. My 10k is going to be pretty flat considering how hilly the area I live is, but I figure it's good training anyway.
 

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Today was the first time running two days in a row. I was careful to stretch well before and after and I am feeling ok tonight. We had a small cold front move through yesterday after the rain so it was in the low 70's today with an ocean breeze making it much more tolerable than yesterday.<br><br>
I would much rather run in the humidity than the snow....intensebeet, but we are wimps down here when it comes to the cold. At my race Saturday it was still dark and around 70 and tons of people ran in longsleeves!<br><br>
Gingerbread, I think it is funny that you get bored on your long runs...I savor the quite. It is the only day that I get to run without the stroller so I run and have time to myself. I am sure that will change though and I will miss my daughter when she gets to big to ride with me. SOmetimes when I slow down she yells...ready set go mommy...and that keeps me moving.<br><br>
Chosha, how are your hill workouts going? I am still deciding if I will go for the hills. We have zero outdoor hills around here so I would have to treadmill them...ugh. I was thinking on doing a shorter quicker run or intervals instead. I guess I am just missing the idea of a hill workout. I am sure it does more than just get you ready to run up a hill....I am just clueless to what.
 

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Intensebeet, I like to run in the snow, as long as there's relatively good footing (not much ice underneath) It's more difficult, similar to running in soft sand, but not quite that difficult. Plus, the treadmill saps my motivation.<br><br>
Birdie, good job on the two days in a row <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> It's much easier when there's a bit of a breeze but harder when there's wind.<br><br>
I don't have any kids, so I get quite a bit of quiet time at home. I like chatting with someone during a longer run. It makes the time pass faster when I run so slowly. It's good that your daughter can be a motivator!<br><br>
I think one of the good things about hills is that it makes the flatter runs easier, they make you stronger and work your glutes. I know other people here know why they're good for you, but I'm sure it's in a book somewhere, too. I'll see if I can find something about it.
 

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3.5 done. I can't wait for my long run. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I will have a beautiful running experience. <img alt="rolleyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif"><br><br>
Intensebeet - I've never run in the snow, but humidity I know something about. That is the norm for me as we get into spring all the way into the fall. This is one of the reasons I run so early in the AM. In the summer, I do not want to run in the sun. When the sun comes up here, it's already past 70*. How did the hills go?<br><br>
Birdie - Nice job getting two in a row done!<br><br>
GB - That's the truth. They DO work glutes. By the time I get to the last one, I am feeling the glutes are actually there. LOL!!!
 

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I guess I am going to have to tough it out on the treadmill for those hills then. I still have a few weeks before I get to them so maybe I can find a hill by then. I could always try running over the drawbridge over the causeway. But I am not sure it is far enough to qualify. I could use all the strengthening I can get. Today was my off day and I sure feel pretty good now at the end of the day. Dd and I will be out on the road early again tomorrow.
 

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I think some people use a stair stepper to help when they don't have hills, too. I'm not sure about that, since I have more trouble finding a flat place to run, than I do finding hills.
 

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Chosha, who's the cute little girl?
 

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What do you guys do for cross-training? I've been using the other cardio equipment at the gym, but this is the first time I've ever really cross-trained as part of a plan and I'm not sure if I should be doing anything in particular. Tonight is my short run, 2 miles and some strength training.<br><br>
Hills were okay the other night, I always have a sense of accomplishment when I reach the top, it's a good mental game to play to keep myself going until it levels out.
 

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Hey GB! That's my DD! She's my road partner. Where I go, she goes. My DS is no longer a momma's boy. He hangs out with DH exclusively. It's uncool to hang out with mom. <img alt="rolleyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif">
 

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I normally lift weights. My DH and I came up with a weight workout that works great for me. It lasts 1hr if I do the rests correctly.<br><br>
I agree. I don't ever make it from bottom to top in one fell swoop, but I get 3/4 of the way up before I have to significantly slow down or come to a complete stop to catch my breath. But when I get there... WOW! When I get to the top and it's the last one... HALLELUJAH! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I have noticed what another poster has noticed. The next few runs after doing a hill workout are a little easier and a little faster. Very interesting...
 

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I finished WK6 this morning with a 3 mile run in the dark, fog, and drizzle. At one point I had to remind myself that I was running and needed to propel myself forward, it kind of felt like I wasn't actually running though I was moving one foot in front of the other in running motion. It was humid and 67*. It's colder right now.
 
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