My training Blog - 10k in 60mins challenge!

tracking how a relative beginner gets on with trying to get a 10k of under 1hr

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27/12/2007 at 17:07

Not much running recently but wife and I did a 35 mile trail cycle on our MTBs on Xmas Eve - Rather fun but tiring!

Totally unrelated but I got a pic taken without my knowledge in November and wife gave me a framed pic of it for Xmas - My only decent surfing pic ever!

Have a good New Year all!


29/12/2007 at 14:42

Morning all (OK - it's afternoon - just feels like morning)

Hey Matt - what a fab picture - nice kick back you have there! Well done on the training. Must admit I have completely failed in December. January will be different! Week today I shall be tearing up the alps for a whole week playing in the snow. When I get back I will train properly, or that half marathon is going to be shameful!

Happy New Year everyone. 

29/12/2007 at 19:08

Thanks DP - Nice to get a good shot at last! 

First run since Christmas today.
Felt like a lethargic sloth for the first half then turned up the pace a bit and got a PB (4.5 miles, mostly trail but pretty flat) - just beat 31 minutes at LAST.

 Legs now protesting

30/12/2007 at 07:53


Please could I be added to your list? I could do with a bit of motivation on these cold, dark mornings!

 I'm a 46 year old female, I've been running, very on and off, for about 3 years. I'm also aiming for a sub 1 hour 10k. My PB is 61.41, which I did on 16th December. I made the classic mistake of going off too fast, and then the last 2 k was not good!

I've been a total slob over Christmas and need to get back to training.

My target race  for a sub 1 hour is on 30th March. Bit of a tall order, but fingers crossed!


30/12/2007 at 10:40


Welcome Marin - please feel free to join in! Well done on the 61.41 - that's a fab time! I completely know what you mean about being a slob! I'm looking out of the window this morning thinking it looks OK for a plod today - now I just need to get out there!

I'm no expert, but getting 1m41secs off by March seems do-able to me - if you put some speed work into your training! Oh - that sounds so easy - not! Good luck with it - keep us posted on how you are going along.

Matt - congrats on a sub 31 minutes - that's great considering your state of mind at the beginning.

Now - where did I put my running shoes?... 

30/12/2007 at 11:22

Morning DP,

Thanks for the welcome and the encouragement, it's much needed!!

 Hope your run goes well today, it's just geeting the trainers on that's the hardest bit......!

30/12/2007 at 15:13

Hi Marin

Sure is! Quarter past three and I'm still here - ho hum!  

31/12/2007 at 00:38

Still no closer here, by my knees are giving me a bit of gip at the moment. I'm on my marathon training schedule now, so I'm rather hoping that when I'm up to 20-25 miles a week, a sub-60 10k will somehow magically happen by itself.

I am terribly terribly slow at longer distances though, my first 8 mile run the other day was completed in 1hr 45! Utter paucity of speed.

01/01/2008 at 16:26

Hi Everyone - and Happy New Year!

2008 goals here we come!

01/01/2008 at 18:04

Hi everyone and a Happy New year!!

I am a new one  to the site and would love to join in the buzz of the 10k in 60 mins!!! Have not got that far yet!!. Completed two seperate 5k in 30 mins. So as someone had said before that if I do that twice I will have cracked it! What has everyone got planned and any tips on getting out of the house in these dark wet days? I have just registered for the 10k in Leeds which takes place in June 2008, but I have'nt been running since the 11th June!! Seems like I have ages but It will be here before I know it. Any motivational tips greatly recieved.


adbru    pirate
06/01/2008 at 07:59

Hi folks,

Sorry I've been a bit quiet also  , picked up an injury back in November and am only just getting back into it .

I am still planning for a full marathon in April and I'm on week 2 of my training plan.
I did a 3.5mile run yesterday and it was hell !! I feel like I'm starting all over again LoL......
Long run today, if its stays dry it will be a 5.5mile outside run but if its hissing down its a 10k on the treadie, should give an idea of how much I've lost over the last month.

For you "new" guys , best motivation for me is deciding on a training plan and sticking to it.
That way I know what days I'm running and how far so there is no getting out of it LoL.

Managed a run on both christmas day and new years day , feeling very smug  


06/01/2008 at 16:09
Did a 5k today in 30:06, but I was starting to gasp a bit for the last k. It was a pretty good time for me, but just shows that I'm a way off sub-60 for 10k - I couldn't hope to maintain my 5k pace for twice the time.
07/01/2008 at 14:15

Thanks Adbru,

I will get a plan together and stick to it!!! I like the idea of not being able to get out of it regardless!!! Well I better get my act into gear.


07/01/2008 at 15:44

Happy New Year to all fellow lunatics who choose to go out running in this weather!

Have to agree that the only way to maintain the running is to have a schedule.  I've been working to a half marathon schedule for about 7 weeks now and I have to say it was excellent motivation to get out over Christmas.  Basically if my schedule says I should run then I should run - Christmas day I did 4 miles.  Saturday just gone I was in Cyprus for the new year but still went out and did 7 miles - because the schedule said that's what I needed to do that day. 

Petedaddy - I'm not sure it's true that you couldn't maintain your 5K pace over 10 - not immediately but eventually as you step up the distance you find you can maintain the pace for a little more - I'm more of a plodder than a runner but I'm managing to stick to the pace that gets me round 10K in 1 hour - on Saturday I maintained this pace over 7 miles.  In a couple of weeks I'll aim to do so over 8 miles and so on with the aim being I finish the half marathon in around 2 hours in March.  Bottom line though is that running 5K in 30 minutes is pretty good going even if you are gasping for breath by the end and the step up to maintaining this pace is not as great as you think - if I can do it then anyone can - put it this way - there is a reason for my user name!   

07/01/2008 at 16:47

Thanks NBFS...

 Nice place to spend the New Year. Well done for sticking to the schedule.Even on your hols! I see what you are saying and that seems like the only way forward. How many times do you go out running/plodding? I will be interested in how you come on over the next few weeks. Got to say Petedaddy at least your up to 5k so well done to you for that, won't be long before your up there to your mark.


08/01/2008 at 08:59


generally the plan I am following means that I am out 3 times a week - one easy run, one speed run and then a long run at the end of the week.  I produced a training plan from this website and it seems really good - definately seems to have taken me to the next stage in terms of distance and speed - I am now capable of running 8 miles, further than I have ever run in my life and can also manage a 10K in under an hour - a PB for me although I've not done it in a race yet. 

As I approach the race I think the schedule changes and the runs become more frequent.  Certainly works for me.

08/01/2008 at 10:37

After analysing the Garmin on my last 5k run, it seems that I started off far too fast, above the 10km/h speed needed for a 30 minute 5k (and a 60min 10k). This probably means that had I started running at an even pace right from the start, I'd have probably had enough left in the tank to go faster on the last km, and probably come in quicker than 30 mins.

Oh well, I'll know to keep an eye on my speed next time. I couldn't function without a Garmin  

11/01/2008 at 16:50

So I've been training on and off over the winter months so far, although the weather has been putting paid to some of my runs, BUT I did 8.3k in 59 min last week and felt good right up to the last quarter (I think it might have been my first runners high), so I'm getting there, just need to get up to 10k, then I can start on the getting it under 1 hr thing.

 petedaddy - You can easily shave off 6 seconds to get you under 30 min, you just need the perfect run like I did, or do what I did and do a race that wasn't the proper distance and make yourself feel great about your running instantly!!

 Thought I should update this

Sazzler - F/24 - PB 76.16 - <60 Sept 07
Albion - F/30- PB 61.11 - <60 Dec 07
Runtyler - M/33 - PB 52.30 - <60 Aug 07
aaa - F/34 PB?? - <60 Aug 07
Devonian Plodder - F/48 - PB 76.0 <60 May 08
Crazy Daisy F/35 - PB 61.08 <60 Sept 07
Shaz1973 - ?? <60 Oct 07
RAGA34 - F/34 <60 summer 07
Steviej - M/50 PB 66 - <60 ??
Beth - F/25 - PB ?? - <60 Aug 07
Matt Sutherland - M/32 - PB 44.07 - <40 Apr 08?
Moomintrude - F/35 - PB?? - <60 Sep 07
Clare - F/33 - PB 63.49 - <60 Sep 07
Alyson - F/32 - PB 48.25 - <60 Sep 07
Grast_girl - F/28 - PB 59.28 (8.3k) - <60 Aug 08
Mark Briggs 2 - M/31 - PB 51.34 - <50 Jun 08
Adbru - M/41 - PB 57:50  <55 May08 
Not built for speed - M 43 - PB 60.40  <60 Sept 08
DianaD - F/53 PB 56.03 <55 Jan 08
Jasp 169 F/38 PB 62.30
Terrie F/42 PB 56.30

17/01/2008 at 22:43


Thank you for your tips there and I have got a great plan now set out from the web site. It is an 18 week which takes me right up to the date of the race. I shall keep checking to see how everyone is getting on. This will also keep me keen!! No time for slacking! It has just rained none stop this week I would have been better taking up swimming. Looking forward to getting in there though.


18/01/2008 at 08:52

Great stuff Denise - amazing how the training plan brings you on.  I did 9 miles on Sunday and felt really good afterwards - wasn't long ago I was really struggling to do 10K.  I'm also managing the faster runs without feeling the need to pass out at the end.  I would henestly say for the first time since I started running over 2 years ago I'm starting to feel fit, apart from a few aches and pains as my poor old body gets used to all of the exertion.

Good luck with your schedule - it really does help focus you and gets you out there when it's the last thing you want to do.

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