It is a good day to announce that I recently registered for my fourth BolderBOULDER 10K race on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th!! I had the experience of a lifetime last year and I cannot wait to follow it up with another incredible experience in my home town of Boulder, CO. If you are not familiar with the BolderBOULDER it is “America’s all-time best 10K” and has been going since 1979. With over 50,000 runners every year, it is highly organized and accessible for walkers, runners, kids, and elite runners. Entertainment on the course includes costumes, slip and slides, belly dancing, cotton candy, live bands, and more!
When it comes to training for running races there are a variety of different options out there, some are free and some cost money, some are online and some are with groups, and some even come on your smart phone.
- Hal Higdon online training programs (free). With novice, intermediate, advanced, and walk programs, you can choose the program that matches your goals and your current fitness level. I am using the novice plan since I took some time off of running and have been struggling with a knee injury.
- Cool Running (free). This site also has a variety of free training plans for different levels, including one focused on speed.
- RunKeeper (free smart phone app). This app will talk to you while your walking/running while it also tracks your distance through GPS. Built in training programs can be selected so that you are reminded of your workouts right on your phone.
- Zen Labs 10K for Pink (smart phone app). Featuring a couch to 10K running program for those that are coming off the couch.
- Runners World Smart Coach ($4.99/mo). I used this program for my half marathon last year and it worked great! You can set up your program based on when you want to start, when the race is, a previous race time, and how hard you want the program to be. It used to be free, but it looks like they are charging for it now…but it is still reasonable.
- Fast Forward Sports (Boulder, CO group or online). If you live in the Boulder area, these guys are great to train with! The groups are large and all abilities are present and welcome. Scott, the owner is personable, and will remember your name even after just a single group run. Also features online programs.
- Revolution Running (Boulder, Denver, Littleton, Golden, Fort Collins areas, group or online). Another running group in the front range area. If you need a little extra motivation and accountability, training with a group might be right for you. Online programs also offered.
There are so many training resources out there! If you don’t live in the front range area, do a search for running clubs in your area. Often times local running stores will host weekly runs for free. It is a great way to meet people, get some motivation, and hold yourself accountable. If you can’t find a group in your area, grab a friend, pick a race and a training program, and plan a day to run together.
If you are a seasoned runner, increase your running performance by adding the following to your training regiment: tempo runs, Fartlek, high intensity intervals, hills, and strength training (particularly core!). Click the links to read more about each.
Stay tuned for some nutrition tips and a recipe!