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How do i train to run up to 10 miles?

I am going to step up my running after committing to something I should not have- running 10 miles next Saturday. But I am going to do it. I got the shoes, I know how to eat really well thanks to Dr. F, going to be hydrated and rested, I have been doing a lot of weight and resistance training. What else do I need to do? Should I rest the entire week, should I try and run 5-7 miles tommorrow to prepare my body?



Sun. May 10, 2:43pm

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I thought this was right up my alley since I essentially started from square one in mid-March with running and working my way up to 13 miles last week (with a solid base of strength training and overall quality workouts...) But then I saw your time frame! I'm sure you'll get through it, but what to do in the next week? I haven't a clue! Bang out 5 miles with little running base and it seems you risk injury...I'll be interested to hear what other runners suggest.

Good luck, Habib! Don't foget your Gu next Saturday!

Sunday, May 10, 2009, 3:52 PM

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ok, just ran 7 miles. Did 4 no problem, slowed down a little at the end. My hamstrings got really sore towards the end. Overall pretty please with the run. I think i will run 3-4 miles on tuesday and thursday and be in good shape for Saturdays run.

Sunday, May 10, 2009, 6:38 PM

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Very impressive!

Sunday, May 10, 2009, 7:46 PM

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every "body" is different.

that said.

if you can run 5 or 7 miles tomorrow, do it. then just run an easy pace 30 minutes on Wednesday, and then let your body (legs) rest until Saturday morning. Take some GU or Cliff Shot Blocks or something 40 minutes or so into your race on Saturday for the extra UMPH. oh, and eat some good carbs the night before... sweet potato or maybe brown rice. get your glycogen stored up in those leg muscles. fuel 'em! the morning of the race, lots of folks like half a bagel with peanut butter. I like a banana myself. Good Luck! Enjoy!

btw - be careful. I didn't train for my last half marathon. I made it to mile 10 uninjured. if you take it easy on your 10 miles this Saturday, you'll be in excellent shape. Now, if you go balls to the wall, and try to run faster than you've ever ran, you will be using muscles you don't normally use, and you risk injury.

just remember...

Finish time is irrelevant
Go out there and have FUN!
and finish the event INJURY-FREE!

Now go out there and kick butt! ha! :D

Monday, May 11, 2009, 12:52 AM

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12:52 here

oh, I see you already ran the 7 miles. EXCELLENT!
your plan for two 3-4 miles runs this week sounds perfect!
Good Luck! Have Fun! Take Photos!

Monday, May 11, 2009, 12:56 AM

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sore hamstrings from running

i beat up my hamstrings pretty well. I got a new pair of shoes and maybe the extra give helped to stretch the muscles more than they were used to? Btw, the 10 miles is not a race, I am running with a guy training for a marathon. Which after yesterday I am going to do as well. There is a marathon in Palm Beach this december from what i have heard.

btw, what are some good shoes to run in? I got a pair of New Balance 1010's yesterday because I run on a mulch trail nearby quite a bit and generally love the fit of the cross trainers from them. I realize i might need a lighter running shoe, but these ones felt pretty good at 400g. They have the nlock which i like. Just felt good.


Monday, May 11, 2009, 6:13 AM

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A marathon in Palm Beach? In December? Sounds perfect!

My advice on shoes is to get a pair that are made for the kind of running you're going to do and suit your pronation. I supinate and until I figured that out (with the help of the people at a running store) and got the right shoes, I had all kinds of knee and hip problems. You're in NYC? A fellow runner directed my husband to the running store in the shops at Columbus Circle (2nd floor) and they were very helpful with his shoe issues!

Sounds like you could be one of those *annoying* people who take up running and kick butt with their first marathon! :) haha! Of course, I'm just envious.

Monday, May 11, 2009, 9:51 AM

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Run your run on Saturday. Don't try to keep up with world class. He/She will likely adjust to you.

about shoes, every one is different and it's important that you find the shoe that is right for you. Go to a Running Store and let them see you run. Brand is irrelevent unless you like to hurt. Get what works with the way you run. And plan on getting a "fresh" pair of shoes (the exact same ones you will have trained in) about 4-6 weeks before the marathon. Then you'll have time to break them in a bit and still have nice cushiony shoes.

have fun!

Monday, May 11, 2009, 2:09 PM

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It is good to buy new shoes and break them in slowly while you train with the current ones for a marathon. However, the new shoes should not be a used on race day.

Monday, May 11, 2009, 3:30 PM

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got some new balance 1063's which I love. Have been pretty sore this week in the legs, heels and feet. But yesterday I did 90 minutes of yoga, and now feel a ton better. Highly recommend yoga for anything- just makes you feel great.

aiming to do 11 miles tommorrow, And in a couple weeks I am going to be running with an ultramarathoner, someone who will be adding his voice to pt.


Friday, May 22, 2009, 11:35 AM

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A running coach I met touted yoga as one of the best compliments to running!

Friday, May 22, 2009, 3:26 PM

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