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December 19, 2014

Press Run: Training for my first 10k

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Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014 10:03 am | Updated: 12:45 am, Mon Jun 30, 2014.

In the past two years, I’ve run about a dozen 5ks, even placing first in my age group a few times. I run with my husband around the neighborhood or on the beach, once or twice a week, when our schedule allows.

And we do a lot of running in Island Boot Camp, which I attend three days a week.

 But I still don’t consider myself a “runner.” 

That’s probably because I still find running to be a mental and physical challenge. I struggle with proper breathing. I get bored after two miles and I can’t seem to improve my pace.

So, I’m challenging myself by running my first 10k in The Daily News’ Press Run, which is Sept. 13 and benefits Newspapers In Education.

The Press Run is one of three local races that go over the Galveston Causeway, which is fun in itself.  But I am also partial to the cause, which is literacy and getting newspapers into classrooms.

In this occasional blog, I’ll track my progress and focus on challenges. I’ll also be looking for advice from runners out there.

My first request for advice revolves around a target time.

What’s a reasonable time for my first 10k? My average 5k time is 28 minutes. My worst is 30 minutes.

Is it reasonable to try to double that? Can I run my first 10k in less than an hour?

Any thoughts?