My 1st 10k too

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22/07/2002 at 20:00
Well, I did the jubilee 10 k yesterday and was so happy to get round without stopping or walking! I'm almost embarrased to admit it took me 1hr 17mins and 32secs, but it's definately given me the confidence to try and get faster now...(Hi Redhead - I've taken on board your training you posted in the old forum and I'm going to try doing fartleks on the treadmill at first and hill programmes too).

I even took my medal to work - how sad is THAT!?

Kate :)

P.s Really like the new's great! Easy to navigate around and lots and lots of info - esp for beginner runners like me which is very welcome.

23/07/2002 at 14:22
Hi Kate

Well done again. It takes some getting used to when you're doing fartleks on the treadmill because of the speeding up and slowing down...slowing down in particular - it never seems to slow down quickly enough for my liking!

Let me know how you get on - the first time I tried it I felt dozens of pairs of eyes staring at me because I was really thundering along and huffing and puffing!

Are you going to train for a half marathon next? I'm thinking of trying it but it seems a bit far and scary at the moment.


23/07/2002 at 18:47
Go for it!, my first 10K gave me the confidence too run the GNR last year. Gonna do the Cumbrian run this year and probably have a crack at the big M.

Your right it is a bit scary but worth it.

24/07/2002 at 19:48
Hi Susie

I wouldn't have even entertained the thought of doing a 1/2 marathon until a guy at work, who's done about 5 marathons now, said it's all psycological and if you really want to do something you will...He also said that if I can do a 10k, I can do a 1/2 Marathon (easy for him to say!) but I got his point. So... I've decided that's what I'm going to train for next .....but not do one until next Spring!

I haven't been to the gym yet to have a go at farleks - I'm going to go on Sunday when there's never anyone there!

kate :)
31/07/2002 at 22:08
The guy is right. 10k is half a half.

Remember the time you could only do a mile, then one day you found you could do 2 without stopping.

10k to half is just the same.
31/07/2002 at 22:42
Oi, enough of the "remember when you could only do a mile"!!

I've just managed to run my mile without walking and I'm very pleased with it thank you very much.

Fiona ;-)
31/07/2002 at 23:04
Hey Kate

Just looked at your thread again and realised I haven't updated you...I've entered the Windsor half marathon on 29th September (gulp) so am training like mad.

Hope your training is going OK (did you try fartleks?)

Wish me luck!

01/08/2002 at 19:46
Hey guys,
New boy hear, great site isn't it! I've been out of action for a year following a knee op. Did the Blaydon Race in June as my 1st race and finished in under an hour, Did a training 10K last week and clocked sub 50 mins. Doing the North run this year. I didn't believe I could get back into it but I'm doing a 10K in Bishop at the end of the month. It's great to be back!!!!!!!
01/08/2002 at 20:45
i thought that running clubs were just for
elite runners,how wrong could i be last febuary i weighed in at 15st 8lb,ijoined harborough athletics club in august weighing 13st 8lb i took part in
my first x country race before xmas,then took part in 3 of the leicester road running league in jan/feb i was hooked,the confidence i got from the club and encouragment has paid of i now weigh in at 11st 9lb and have just taken part in my first east midlands grand prix and along with the other senior men the haborough
team finished second and as an individual i finished in 39th place,thougth i still have a bit of a belly and manly boobs!let me tell
becoming a member of a club was the best thing i ever did,and next week i am doing the blisworth 5 for the first time so if you see a red faced bald 37 year old with a bit of a belly and manly boobs! its me.
01/08/2002 at 20:52
ref the email i sent at 20.45 this was sent in error as it contains a couple of offending words i hope i have not offended
anybody it was ment as a light hearted note
to be sent to a friend
01/08/2002 at 21:06
London Golden Jubilee 10K was also my very first road race (I've only been running for about 6 months now) and I ran the entire course in 61 minutes - am so chuffed!

:) jem
02/08/2002 at 15:30
Mine too - you must have been just in front of me. I did 64 mins! It was great.
Also my first every road run - have been running on the treadmill only.
Well done - book your place at the next event and keep training!!
I'm aiming for half marathon in mid Sept.
02/08/2002 at 16:38
I'm new to this site although not really new to running. I've been taking part in Race for Life 5k's since 1998 and, although I regularly go for runs, have never really progressed onto anything further...until now that is! I've just sent off my application form for a 10k in September in Essex and have been really encouraged by the notes on this site about first time 10k runners! Hopefully I'll make it, try a few more, then go onto half marathons...? Well..I can dream!!
02/08/2002 at 17:41
hi fil, hi michelle

good for you both!

fil, small world - same for me, have only ever done treadmill and indoor track running - good luck for your 1/2 marathon in September - i'm not quite so brave, am doing Flora Light 5K in September and an 8 mile run in Kingston in October.

michele - good luck for your 10K in Essex - let us know how you get on!

:) jem
02/08/2002 at 20:52
Hi Susie

Well done for entering the Windsor 1/2!!...Please do post or email me training progress reports and let me know how you get on!

Yes, I did try farleks for the first time in the gym last night...!! I did 25 mins in total - jogging for 2 mins then running as fast as I can for 1 min and alternated this until time was the end I could really feel it in the front of my thighs and shins and I was really pleased when it was over! It made me realise that I since I started running a few months ago, I really haven't pushed myself enough because as soon as I start to feel really out of breath when I run, I slow down and keep at a really slow pace. I'm pleased I tried fartleks and I'm going to make sure I do them regularly!

Kate :)

04/08/2002 at 07:54
Can we ban the word 'embarrassed'from the forums. Nobody has any need to be embarrassed about anything, except not trying.Completing is winning.
04/08/2002 at 19:16
Hello everyone,
I've just done my first race (10k) today in 57mins, I'm really chuffed. Sorry to be really dumb but I'm new to all this, can someone please tell me what farleks are, what they are for and how to do them. As you can probably see I need all the help I can get! Thanks
04/08/2002 at 21:08
hey loll

well done - that's a great time for a first 10K - good on you!!

i think you are referring to fartlek training - Fartlek comes from the Swedish for 'Speed Play' and has been used by distance runners for years.

As a very basic guide, fartlek is a form of training which is similar to interval training in which there are work-rest intervals. However, unlike interval training, the work-rest intervals are not measure by time but how the body feels.

For a really good, straightforward site with info on this type of training, visit:

where it not only tells you a bit more about fartlek training, but also how it is applied and which energy systems it uses.

:) jem

05/08/2002 at 23:04
Thanks Jem!

That's really useful, I'll certainly check out that site link and possibly give fartlek training a go. I've tried interval training but found it quite hard. As I said, being new to running I don't really have a clue and I'm just really finding out what works for me. Hopefully doing another 10k next month (and improving my time), I'm hooked now!

Thanks again.
06/08/2002 at 08:23
hi loll

i know what you mean about being hooked!! i only started about 6/7 months ago and now run 4X a week and have entered 3 races.

you should find the fartlek training quite interesting - i do a form of it at the gym as that is what works best for me e.g. I use an indoor track and at certain "markers" such as a weights machine, I'll do a sprint to the next machine and so on.

:) jem
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