My First 10 Mile Race

My First 10 Mile Race

Hi, guys! Today I’d like to tell you how I started running and in 8 weeks of training I could cover 10 miles for the first time in my life. That was a great result, and I was 169 among 4491 participants of the charity run in Bangkok.

How I Decided To Start Running

In the middle of March, 2018, 2 weeks before my 33th birthday, I suddenly had a feeling that my quiet and smooth life lacks drive and passion. I wanted to rouse myself and start doing something that I had never tried before. I wanted my new hobby bring new colors and self-satisfaction. That day I learnt about the Ironman triathlon and had a burning desire to win this distance, and not once.

I had not done any of three sports that comprise triathlon (swimming, cycling, and running) before in my life. At that time, sport meant for me 2-3 trainings a week in the gym. So, I started my preparation for the Ironman triathlon from nothing.

I decided to start from running, as for me it was the hardest challenge. The longest distance I could cover in my life was only 3 km (1.6 miles), and I ran it at school. As I could remember, I did not enjoy that race.

How Long Before I Can Run 10 Miles

Running without a goal is boring. That is why my first aim was to find a race that was motivating enough to start preparations. That was a 10-mile run in Bangkok, and there was only 3 weeks left before the start. The challenge was accepted and I started training.

My First 10 Mile Race

As it turned out, I had enough time to get ready for the distance from ground zero. And I even got a good result!

So, I believe that it is possible to get ready for a 10-mile run within 8-10 weeks of dedicated training. Below you will see my training plan that I used to get ready for the race. A professional track-and-field coach developed it.

As a result, my time was 1 hour 23 minutes. I moved into 169 place among 4491 participants, and in my age category, I was the 60 from 1417.

My First 10 Mile Race

My running distance by the Garmin watch:

Segments

Total Time

Distance (km)

Running Pace (min/km)

1

5:18.5

1.00

5:19

2

10:28

1.00

5:05

3

15:46

1.00

5:17

4

20:57

1.00

5:09

5

26:11

1.00

5:09

6

31:24

1.00

5:13

7

36:34

1.00

5:06

8

41:52

1.00

5:18

9

47:06

1.00

5:12

10

52:30

1.00

5:22

11

57:49

1.00

5:19

12

1:03:01

1.00

5:10

13

1:08:58

1.00

5:25

14

1:14:25

1.00

5:22

15

1:19:35

1.00

5:08

16

1:22:51

0.64

5:00

 

1:22:51

15.64

5:16

Read also my post "How to Buy Cheap Garmin Watch"

About Race

The event was arranged very good. Having paid a register fee of $20, all participants received start sets with the following content: a bag, a t-shirt, a tube of energetic gel, a number with a sensor, and a few tasty snacks from the sponsors.

My First 10 Mile Race

My First 10 Mile Race

After the race everyone received a finisher medal and a lot of different drinks and food to restore energy. Plus, there were food points along the distance that offered fruits, water and juices. So, the run was well managed.

My First 10 Mile Race

Altogether, there were about 10000 participants. About a half of them ran 10 miles, the others – 5 or 3 miles.

Despite the fact that the race was a charity one, all the athletes were wearing sensors, and the winners got prizes. The first place was granted with $600, the second – with $300, and the third – with $150.

My Training Plan for 10 Mile Run in 8 Weeks

Here is my training plan that helped me get ready for the first 10-mile race in my life within 8 weeks.

Week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

1

2-5 km

2*200 m

 

10 min

2-5 km

5-6 km

 

2

3-5 km

3*200 m

 

15 min

3-5 km

5-6 km

 

3

4-6 km

4*200 m

 

2 km

4-6 km

6-8 km

 

4

3-8 km

2*400 m

 

20 min

3-8 km

6-8 km

 

5

3-8 km

3*400 m

 

3 km

3-8 km

8-10 km

 

6

3-8 km

6*200 m

 

30 min

3-8 km

10-13 km

 

7

3-8 km

8*200 m

 

5 km

3-8 km

8-10 km

 

8

3-8 km

2*200 m

 

10 min

3-8 km

 

10 Miles

AEROBIC RUN | TEMPO RUN | INTERVAL RUN | FARTLEK | LONG RUN


How fast should i run 10 miles? To find the answer to the question, you can use the VDOT table that will show you your optimal tempo. I’ve tried it myself, and 

From Zero To Ironman

Hey there! My name is Dmitry. Since recently I am keen on running and triathlon. My blog will let you know my way from ground zero to the Ironman. I am sure that sport makes our life better and helps develop not only the body, but also other good features of character.

Now I live in Thailand and train by myself to get ready for a triathlon and long distance races. Professional coaches help me make training programs, and they monitor my progress. In this blog, I will tell you about my progress, training and sports achievements. I hope you will find it useful and interesting.

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