Train for RUN 10 FEED 10 with Ginger Zee!
Good Morning America’s chief meteorologist is hosting and taking on the Women’s Health 10-K race this fall. Follow her training journey here.
By Ginger Zee
It’s been a while — like, a long while — since I have even considered running in a race. I actually think the last time I stood with a race medal around my neck was after an eighth grade cross-country meet. I was gawky and 65 pounds soaking wet, and running 10 miles a day was no big deal. Since then, I grew up, and while running has always been a regular part of my workout, racing hasn’t ever been.
Five years ago in London, I accidentally ran 15 miles while seeing the sights. Fun, but I woke up that next morning in excruciating pain. I had done something to my hip/hip flexor…I don’t know. I didn’t rest it, and for the past few years, it has intermittently woken me from deep sleeps — searing pain all from the one injury.
I also have always worked weekends until recently, so races just didn’t fit into my schedule.
Now it is time. My leg is healing. I took a few months off from running, and I have the best personal trainer to get me back on my feet: Mark Langowski of Body By Mark Wellness. We are going step by step, lace by lace, to finish the RUN 10 FEED 10 race. My goal: to run eight-minute miles (or less) for the entire race.
For my first run in a while, I started by running 1/4 mile, walking 1/4 mile, running 1/2 mile, walking 1/4 mile, and finally, running 1/4 mile and walking 1/4 mile. I kept all of the running to an eight-minute-mile pace or less. It felt great to be back on that pavement, and I felt no pain in the following days.
My next run, I ran intervals with 1/4-mile walks between each interval: first 1/2 mile, then 3/4 mile, then one mile, with a 1/4-mile walk at the end. This time, I had a bit of pain and waited another week before my last run. For that one, I also ran intervals with 1/4-mile walks between each interval: first 1.25 miles, then one mile, then 3/4 mile, then 1/2 mile, and then 1/4 mile. Almost four miles down!