My 10k Run Ready Journey Continues
It’s week 4 of my 10k Run journey, and I’d be lost now if it weren’t for Kiqplan’s 10k Run Ready App. There are many components that go into training for a 10k, especially if you have never run one before. There’s nutrition, strength training, running and rest times. I’m not good at math so I’m glad the app calculates it for me. I just sync the app to my Fitbug, Fitbit or other fitness apps and the app figures out the rest.
Usually when I am training for a race, I tend to eat less than the desired amount of calories. Fueling your body (eating) for the extra exertion due to lifting weights and running is just as important as the exercise portion. Kiqplan’s app makes it easy to track your nutrition and count calories with the scan feature. Just scan the barcode on the item you are eating, enter the serving amount, and your calories and nutrients are added to your daily intake. I’ve already noticed my clothes fitting more loosely just after 4 weeks. You really don’t need a specific “weight loss” program to lose weight; you just need a new exercise challenge to keep you moving.
I’ve been a consistent 5k runner for the past 4 years, and now for the first time I feel motivated that I can run a 10k. Each week my run time has increased. In the first week I started at 20 minute runs and by the end of my third week I was running for 30 minutes. I have been slowly conditioning my body to run longer and faster. The challenge to run for a longer amount of time excites and encourages me to break past the 3.12 mile mark and edge into 4 miles.
My strength training days are just as crucial as my run days. The app has a detailed plan with warm-up exercises, sets that focus on my core, legs and arms plus a cool-down session. I find that these days allow me to stretch and strengthen my muscles for my run days. My goal is to avoid injury at all costs by keeping all the parts of my body strong and in-shape.
Rest days are days that I don’t go to the gym or run. It’s hard to have an actual “do-nothing” day because I’m a mom, and realistically moms don’t get rest days. So, I’m intentional about not straining myself vacuuming or bending over to pick-up toys, and If I do manage to get some quiet time, then I take a 30 minute nap instead of scrolling through Facebook.
Training for a 10k is a learning process. It’s about listening to your body. Knowing when to push yourself and when to slow down. I’ve already seen progress in just 4-short weeks. I’m excited to see what’s in store in the next 8-weeks.
Do you need a challenge in your workout or maybe you’re just bored with your current routine? Join me as I prepare for a 10k with Kiqplan’s 10k Run Ready app or pick an app that fits your needs.
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