The goal for completing your first endurance event is to finish.
No worries over times.
If you want to walk the whole distance, Kudos to you. If you're already running, then the walk/run method is exactly up your alley to progressively train up to your desired mileage, finish well and AVOID INJURIES!
Do you have 60 minutes a week to train during the work week?
Can you set aside time early Saturday or Sunday mornings for your "long walk/run?"
Then you have time to train for at least a 15K and come in strong!
Just think, if you start your training this month, five months from now it will be the new year 2011, and you'll be running headlong into the new year in the best shape of your life! Enjoy the feeling of living out your New Year Resolutions ahead of schedule!
Here's the plan.
Tuesday and Thursday, walk or walk/run for 30 minutes.
Saturday begin by walking or walk/running 3 miles.
Add 1 mile each week until you get to ten miles.
Don't skip the Tuesday/Thursday training days. These are the days that support your ever-increasing mileage on the weekend.
Always use a walk/run interval.
Walk/ Run is not...I repeat, not...a substandard approach to running. It is a scientifically designed program to conserve your energy and keep you injury free. It will also enable you to finish your event faster than you ever thought possible thanks to the built in recovery time.
As your fitness progresses, just shorten the walk and lengthen the run. A favorite interval pattern many use after they condition for a few weeks is 2.5 minute run/1 minute walk.
Give it a try.
If you're miserable. You're going too fast, or not taking long enough walk breaks.
See you on the street!