I scheduled this post before I tested positive for the flu on Wednesday, UH!  Not sure what my decision for Sunday’s race will be, but here is what I had written about preparing for the 10 mile race before getting sick.

I’m running 10 miles on Sunday, not a 5k or a half marathon, 10 miles.  When my sister and friend Jess asked me to sign up for the DC Cherry Blossom run I thought it was for sure a 10K, but no 10 miles.  Two months ago I was a 3-4 mile girl, so I knew some training needed to happen and I was pleasantly surprised by how well I think it went.  Now lets just see how I make it through the race on Sunday.  I feel prepared with my training, but having never ran longer than a 5K before I had no idea what to really do to prepare the night before and morning of, so I reached out to a few amazing running blogger friends for suggestions.

Training

I would say I was already in good shape before starting to train to run the 10 miles, but I knew I had to work on my running endurance.  Let me be clear that I’m by no means running for time, I just want to finish the damn thing and feel proud.  So two months ago I started going on one long run a week, usually it was on the weekend when I had the daylight.  Other workouts I did throughout the week were 2-3 days of strength training, one day of treadmill hills or sprints, and one day of a light 4 mile run.  I was glad I was still able to keep up with my strength training, as that’s my favorite type of workout.

The first week I went for a long run I set a goal of going six miles.  I did it, but my legs definitely felt pretty beat by the end.  The following week I ran for six miles again.  Then I started adding one mile each week to 9 miles.  I wish I would have ran the full 10 one day, but I got cut short on time the last week.  Training really takes up a huge part of your day, I admire the time any half or marathon runner takes to train.  Each time I was done running I would also take a walk around my neighborhood because my legs felt like pure jello, then stretch when returning home.

Pre-Race Meal

When asking other bloggers about what to eat the night before and morning of the race, they all stated that you shouldn’t change up your routine and should test to see what works best for your body.   And to steer clear of foods that might make you bloated and/or sluggish.  Since the race is on Sunday morning, I would love to indulge in my usual weekend adult beverages and larger meals, but I know that’s probably not the best idea.  I plan to grill my Greek Chicken Kabobs with a side of pita or naan for some carbs since I’m not a huge pasta person, and drink lots of water.  Tom is totally prepared for a chill night where we just catch up on our TV shows on the DVR for the week and call it an early bed time for plenty of rest.

Now to the morning of.  I haven’t been drinking coffee before my long runs or even eating much besides maybe half a protein bar or a banana.  I am typically fine with running on an empty stomach, but the nerves of race day have me unsure.  Diana from Live Lean Eat Green suggested eating something high in carbs and moderate in fat, protein, and fiber if running for longer than an hour.  So since that will definitely be me, I plan to have a banana and/or toast and some nut butter and pack a small granola bar since we have a 45 minute drive into the city before the race.  Dianne has a great list of Pre Run Meals here.

Larabar Lemon Flavor

Preparing

Currently the weather forecast isn’t calling for rain, phew!  It might be a little chilly in the morning and a high in the sixties.  I plan to wear either crops or leggings and definitely long sleeves.  Susie from Suzlyfe suggested brining an extra of everything, which I never would have thought of myself.  And she gave a lot of great advice in this guest post on running your first race.  I feel much more mentally prepared after reading her posts.

I wish I had more time to experiment with these Vega Sport Pre-Workout and Hydrator Kaila from Healthy Helper suggested in this 13 Must Haves for Marathon Weekend.  I don’t plan on brining anything with me on my race, but will definitely grab water when it’s offered.

Lindsay from Loving Life on the Run reminded me that I totally need to update my playlist.  I’m thinking of digging back to some old college tunes that I haven’t heard in awhile to keep me motivated and moving.

With training, proper nutrients, running gear, and a great playlist I hope I’ll be ready for the 10 miles.  Follow along on Instagram and be sure to come back next week to see how it went!

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What do you eat for a pre-race meal?

What’s one song I should add to my playlist?

Any first race tips/suggestions?

16 Comments on How I Prepared for a 10 Mile Race

  1. Bethany
    March 31, 2017 at 12:16 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Is it weird I listen to podcast and now music when I workout?

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 5, 2017 at 10:06 pm (3 weeks ago)

      I have been wanting to try doing this, glad you hear you’re enjoying the podcasts as much as the music.

      Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 5, 2017 at 10:06 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks Emily!

      Reply
  2. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby
    March 31, 2017 at 3:06 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Man that sucks you don’t feel good, hoping for a speedy recovery!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 5, 2017 at 10:07 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you Kelli!

      Reply
  3. Allie @ agalnamedal.com
    March 31, 2017 at 6:46 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Listen to your body and do what’s best for you! I know you’re pumped for the run, but don’t make yourself worse- there’ll always be another run! Hope you feel better soon!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 5, 2017 at 10:13 pm (3 weeks ago)

      This is exactly what I had to tell myself, there will always be another race. Thanks for making me feel better Allie.

      Reply
  4. Susie @ Suzlyfe
    March 31, 2017 at 8:10 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Quick recovery! Just rest up and take the best care of yourself. Good luck either way!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 5, 2017 at 10:13 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks Susie!

      Reply
  5. Sarah @ BucketListTummy
    April 3, 2017 at 6:51 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Soo how did it go?? So exciting to think about your first race, and not a modest one at that! 😉 I love having coffee before my runs – caffeine can actually help with endurance. Oatmeal with banana and PB is my pre race go to!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 5, 2017 at 10:14 pm (3 weeks ago)

      I didn’t run because I was still feeling sick, so bummed, but hoping to enter another race soon! And good to know about caffeine. I think I need to experiment a bit more with my before long run meals.

      Reply
  6. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    April 3, 2017 at 9:31 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I hope you were feeling well enough to run! That sucks. It sounds like you prepared perfectly!

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 5, 2017 at 10:15 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks Laura, it didn’t happen though, so bummed. But hopefully I can sign up for another one this spring.

      Reply
  7. Emily
    April 5, 2017 at 3:19 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I hope you feel well. It’s sweet when your running blogger friends gave some advice for you. Take care of your health, and good luck if you do run.

    Reply
    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      April 5, 2017 at 10:17 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks Emily!

      Reply

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