Moody Girl Runs: Running a 15k

On Saturday, March 12th I plan to travel to Jacksonville, FL to participate in the 34th Annual Gate River Run .  I have been running a couple of days a week for the past month now.  And I’m hopeful that I will be ready for the big day.  I have three weeks left to prepare and I really need to increase my stamina.  So, how do I plan to do this?

To prepare for this 15k (9.3 miles)race, I looked up training schedules for 15k races and found Hal Higdon’s training program.  Check out the details of the program here:  I still have to create a schedule for myself with Mr. Higdon’s tips, but in the meantime I plan on running 5 – 6 miles tomorrow with my running buddy.  I also plan to go to the gym a couple of days this week to lift some weights to help strengthen my body and my core.   My goal in the next 3 weeks is to increase my running pace and to buy a new pair of sneakers. 

The Gate River Run is Jacksonville’s largest participatory sporting event and is the site of the USA 15K Championship, attracting a top field of world-class American runners racing for more than $85,000 in prize money, the largest prize money purse of any major U.S. non-marathon event.  On-line registration and information is available at or by calling 904.731.1900.  Check out this article from Rachel Leitao, First Coast News, for more race details.  


  1. I grew up in Jacksonville so I'm a big fan of the River Run - the only thing is that I never ran it! I ran cross country and track in high school and since the race is in the middle of track season, our coach refused to let us run the 15K. I wanted to run it after I graduated, but I left the state for college and become lazy. Now that I'm back into running, I plan to run it in 2012!

    Good luck and have fun in Jax. It's such a great city (okay, I'm biased...).

  2. Thanks Megmarie...I'm looking forward to it. I plan to write a post about my experience so look out for that soon. Hopefully, you'll be able to run the race next year.

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