22. September 2015 · Comments Off on Maybe You Aren’t Really Ready For That 10K Just Yet · Categories: Uncategorized
Are You Really Ready?

Are You Really Ready?

There’s always a new wave in the world of health and fitness. At one point it was Tae-bo, then it shifted to Zumba, and now we have 10k races. Apparently, the new thing to do is to enter a 10K race, and actually complete it. Hey, I’m all for it. Even though I’ve never done any long run race, I know I could compete. I don’t think I would win, because it’s definitely not what I train for – but I know I could finish it.

The problem is many of my girlfriends are joining up, and as much as I love them, I think  they are putting themselves at risk with this race because they are completely not ready. I’m not trying to be a hater, but if I bring you with me to the gym, and you aren’t able to get through a training session with me, on a “light day,” then I know for sure you are not ready to go run six miles.

Reading through an article on Women’s Health Mag titled, “Are You Ready For A Race,” inspired me to create this post. As I was reading through their list of factors that should tip you off that you may not be ready to race, I was mentally checking off each one for all my friends.

Now here’s the thing, running on a treadmill is not the same as running outside. They are two different exercises. And when I bring these women with me to the gym, they aren’t able to stay on the treadmill with me for the 5 miles I run at the gym. That’s right, I run 5 miles on a treadmill, takes me about an hour, and by the time I’m getting off, these women have already stretched, and are looking to start in the Yoga class.

I think it’s safe to say they are going to get their lunch handed to them the day of the race, but it’s not  my place to tell them they’re not ready – they need to find that out on their own. I have always felt that if you cannot accurately measure yourself, than you are not ready for the game. If these women believe they can run a 6 mile race, then who am I to tell them otherwise?

I do know this, they are out of shape because they don’t make working out a priority. They are going to run this race, and be out of gas by mile two, and the only way they are going to get through it, if they get through it at all, is to push their mental muscles. Now two out of the three are self-made millionaires, so I think they have the best chance. The third is a stay-at-home mom, who is in better shape than the other two, but not exactly race-ready shape. If she decides to get serious, she can be ready in time for the race – I’m really interested to see how this thing turns out.

All of them complain about the workout I put them through whenever they go to the gym with me. If you are in constant agony when you get back from the gym, then it’s pretty safe to say you are either out of shape, or you are working out wrong, either way something isn’t right.

Lastly, if your best is not close to the race you’re running, then you probably shouldn’t be running the race. These women have not hit five miles on a treadmill with me yet, and they want to run six miles, outside, in Central Park . . . oh boy. These are just some of the factors they list in the article. if you are thinking about running a race, then I suggest you take time to read it, and give yourself a true assessment – are you ready to rock?!!