1. Pace Yourself
Your Cardiff 10k schedule is shaped to allow you to increase the workload gradually and consistently, so you are not asking too much of your body all at once.
2. Keep Perspective
10-week plans are designed to give some focus, but life goes on after 10 weeks. If you feel, for whatever reasons, you are falling behind, or struggling to keep to the schedule, nothing is ever lost. Just evaluate where you are and hook into the schedule again.
The idea is to have some fun as well, not to end up stressed out. Although you may have set an event as your finishing goal, there are always plenty of other goals and events to aim for.
3. Rest and Recovery
Rest and recovery days are always an important part of the schedule. Look at them as the days when your muscles and everything else re-builds their strength, and the work of the training days is assimilated to allow you to do a bit more next time!
4. Race Pace
“Race pace” means sessions where you run slightly faster than the rest of the week, and you will be aware of the increase in effort; but don’t push yourself too hard as you don’t want to injure yourself.
5. Cross Training
Cross Training and alternative exercise. If you look at our other blog, you will see that cross training and alternative training methods to running are beneficial when training for races such as the Cardiff 10k. Cycling, swimming or easy walking are perfect to help you recover or even if you have a small injury.
6. Time vs. Distance
Some sessions are listed by time and distance. It is up to you which you find easier to deal with. If you know a distance of a route or are near a running track, (approx 4 laps = 1 mile) it is easy to use distance. Many runners are happy though just running by time. The main thing is not to tie yourself up in knots over this, but to just do the session.
7. Active Recovery
Active recovery on the 10km schedules is a day after a long continuous run, where you are running well within yourself, almost going as you please, with little walking breaks or view stops as required.
8. Stay Flexible
Treat the schedule as a guide and not something set in stone. At the weekend, after your Sunday session, when relaxing over a cuppa, review the previous week and plan when you can fit the next week’s training in around everything else going on in your life.
9. Plan Ahead
Try and plan in the times of next week’s sessions: either for morning, before work, lunchtime or evening etc. If events in your week mean you have to switch some days around, that is not a problem, as long as you stick to the basic principle of alternating a training day with a rest or recovery day.
10. Warm Down
At the end of each session, a few minutes brisk walk is great as a warm down, as is some simple stretching.
These tips were adapted from an article at Run and Become. The original can be viewed here: http://run.runandbecome.com/running-advice/