Training for a race can be a daunting task. Whether your race is a 5k (3.1 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), or even a marathon (26.2), how can you tackle the miles?

A great place to start is with your calendar. Take the date of your race, and write down the number of miles you are running that day. From there, every week leading up to it, you will want one of your runs to be a mile shorter than the last week. For instance, if you have a 10k on November 6th, then on November 6th, your calendar will say 6.2 miles. On the week before that, your calendar will say 5 miles. Prior to that, 4 miles, and so on and so on.

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What else can you do?

Here are 5 rules for training
1. Limit yourself to one long run a week.
2. Try to get in at least 3 runs a week (one of them being your long run, and the other 2 runs should be a mile or so shorter depending on what you are training for. (If you are training for a marathon, your shorter runs should definitely be way shorter than your long run – whereas those of you training for a 5k or 10k might only subtract 1 mile from your long run for your shorter runs).
3. Don’t stop strength training your legs! Try to still get in at least 2 times a week where you do some strength training.
4. Schedule those 3 runs. Write them down. Which days can you afford a 20+ minute run and shower? If the run is on the calendar, it’s harder to skip.
5. Be forgiving. There are some days that you might not get your run in…or perhaps where you don’t get the miles in that you wanted. That is okay! Just remember to keep trying and stick with trying to get in at least 3 runs a week.

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Written by Rebecca Jackson

Rebecca is the Founder of Build It For Life