tracking how a relative beginner gets on with trying to get a 10k of under 1hr
Mick n Phil - sounds like an awesome day - thanks for sharing it with us.
Managed 6 miles yesterday back in the wonderful, cold, foggy, damp UK and it felt just great! 59 minutes for 6 miles was really where I left off so I'm quite pleased that I haven't ruined all the hard work from before I went away. 5 weeks now until the Half Marathon in Cyprus - really need to concentrate on getting mileage up without losing pace - reckon I should be able to finish in around 2 hours 15 which I would be delighted with - to be honest though just to finish would be enough.
Denise - the one too many glasses of wine story sounds familiar - I think I wouldn't feel quite right on my long Sunday run if I didn't have a bit of a fuzzy head from the night before - funny though soon seems to clear once you get out running - maybe the miracle cure for a hangover we've all been searching for all these years. When is your half marathon Denise, I'm sure you've said somewhere? What mileage are you up to now?
I am aiming for the 10k in Leeds. Maybe half Marathon next year. I have been running on and off since year before last. Completed 2 race for life, which is only 5 k but a great achievement at the time, so now the 10k. The plan I am following is a long steady plan and I have another 18 weeks to go. I would say that I am only upto 4 miles at the min in one run, so a little further to go. By the time I get to June I should be well away. Feeling fitter for it that's for sure. I have always done something, so I am quite active. Do you ever stay in the country for 2 mins??
Well better get some work done.
I started by running on a treadmill for as long as I could. The first time I tried it, it was 3 minutes After a while I managed to go for as long as 20 minutes at a 10minute mile pace, and then I entered a 5k. I wasn't as fast as a 10m/m but I managed to jog all the way around.
Getting to 10k at first is hard, but I'd recommend slowing down enough so that you can go the distance and never mind about how quick you do it. When you've done it once, every time after that gets a bit easier. The first time I did 10k around my local park I was stumbling by the end of it and my feet cramped up terribly afterwards, but after that it became much less hard
Anyway, in keeping with the original theme of this topic, I pleasingly put in a new 4 mile PB today of 39:30. If I could just keep up the same pace for 20 more minutes I'd be extremely close to that sub-60 10k barrier
In getting fit, and just getting there,
i would just quielty gradualy move up in distance.. time does not matter
as and when you feel fitter and mentally stronger, your pace will increase
the Leeds 10K sounds as though it's going to be a fantastic race - Jane Tomlinson's story is amazing and you can't fail to be inspired by somebody who did what she did. It's great that you've done the race for life twice - it really is a great achievment, running 5K is still something a lot of people will never do in their life. Sounds like you are well on track if you are up to 4 miles - as Mick n'phil says it's just about gradually building the distance rather than forcing things and worrying about pace.
It's funny - last night I decided to try and run 2 miles a little quicker that I have been - my thinking was that if I can run 6 miles in an hour I must be able to run 2 miles a lot quicker than 10 minute miles - anyway - I set off too quickly, was totally exhausted after half a mile and just about managed to finish on 20 minutes - so a valuable lesson learnt! Wish I'd read you comments above before I set off Mick n'phil!!
I wouldn't mind trying the Leeds 10K - I'm still determined to do a 10K race in 60 minutes - missed it by 20 seconds last time. What's the course like- do you know? Is it a potential PB course or is it quite hilly?
don't worry, we all get complaceant at times, this is a LONG gradual road, your going to make mistakes,
i still say, just flow along as you feel, it's for you, not your friends or neighbours
in time you'll feel physically fit and mentally good, and you'll look back and start to help and advise others
a guy i know, askes a Martial arts instructor, " How long does it take to make Black belt,"
i though it was a bloody stupid question myself, as i thought the answer was obvious
but, the reply was " How long is a piece of string "
it's the same with running .. it's gradual persivierance !!
it's down to the individual, you want it or you don't want it !
Hi there guys,
NBFS, Micknphil, Petedaddy. Thanks for the feedback and banter about how to improve on things. It really does help if your having a bad week. Alot on at work so will have to get out at the weekend and make up for it!! I have only done one run this week!
NBFS the race in Leeds is through the streets. So I think it will be mainly on the flat from what I know of Leeds. I am looking forward to it, very much(she says!!) No honest it really has given me focus. You should do it! I just went on the 10k race site through here and thats me in the race! Great and worthy cause! Race for life was too!
Well with the weather being as fine as it is, well it where I am, there really is no excuse for not donning my kit and getting on with it.
Catch you all soon!
Mick n phil, thanks for words of enouragement, they really do help. I think you're right - I just need to go along at a natural pace and not worry so much about the time. Funny, without worrying at all about time I managed 5 miles in 47 minutes - still slow I know but quick for me. Running this week has been good - starting to feel fitter again after the holiday.
Denise - the Leeds 10K does look really good - I am very tempted to enter, it will be some experience to run a race with so many runners, plus there are some excellent charities involved. The course looks pretty flat so this might the the chance to finally finish a 10K race in under an hour.
Hope your running goes well at the weekend.
I have a sneaking hope that, on a good course, on a good day when I'm feeling strong I might just be able to crack that hour. My regular route is 3 miles of steady incline, and then I turn around and do 3 miles of steady decline on the way back.
I'm almost afraid to try it just yet, I've got a lot of marathon training to do and none of my 10k training runs are supposed to be at a killer sub-60min pace Soon though, soon.
Let me know as soon as you crack it NBFS
petedaddy, sounds like we are pretty much at the same stage. I feel the same about the 10K but at the moment I'm training for a half marathon next month. After that though I think I may just concentrate on finally cracking the 10K in under an hour.
Dilema now though is that 5.00PM today is the closing date for entries to the Leeds 10K - not quite sure what to do.
What did you do? Did you enter the Leeds 10K. Oh my word!! Forgot I am getting my exercise elsewhere this weekend by going snow boarding. So I am up and at it this morning. I will have to 'really' make up for it tomorrow. Got told it was ok to have a rest from time to time??!! Anyway you are right about the good cause. That was the incentive at first and that what drives me. I think that your last run was in good time. You could easily do the 10k in under an hour. Anyway must get cracking and prepare to cut some shapes on the slopes!
Have a great weekend all!
I'm now assuming that Friday was the closing date for applications through the runners world site - I think the main Jane Tomlinson 10K site is still accepting applications and will be for some time. But I did panic on Friday and entered before the 5PM deadline - so that's my summer sorted - after the half marathon start training for the Leeds 10K and then after the Leeds 10K start training for the 10K in Hoylake near where we live.
I'm quite pleased to be honest - June is the ideal time for my next run - maybe take a little time out of training for a couple of weeks and then pick up the pace for the 10K.
Had a bad weekend again - spent the weekend away at a wedding so didn't do much running - I was supposed to run 7 miles on Sunday but only managed 3 before the hangover seriously kicked in!! That's it now - 4 weeks until the half marathon so I'm stepping up the running to 5 nights and packing in the booze - alegedly!! We'll see how it goes but I need to do something.
How was your weekend Denise - did you manage to get through the snow boarding without damaging anything? Sounds like fun, where did you go snowboarding?
Not been here for a while as only running about once a week (cycling, swimming, surfing and doing weights a lot though).
Did a 4ish mile run around South Devon (inlaws have a place in Newton Ferrers) coast on Saturday - been meaning to run the route for ages and it was stunning!
A big hill to start but then fairly flat and then almost all lovely coastline - splendid!
Achey legs yesterday so MTBed about t10 miles to wear off the aches.
Surf been great recently so all good.
Hope everyone is okay!
NBFS - It's not been too bad this year - about 10 degrees C.
Not needed my wetsuit hood once so far (hate wearing it too - can't hear properly!).
With the latest wetsuits, boots and gloves you can stay out for hours. When I started (1989) it would be no more than an hour this time of year and a good two hours to warm up!
All I can say is that I spent alot of time getting up off the slope! Been 8 months since I have last been. I normally go to Castleford but tried the new Manchester snow dome which was excellent. Ached like mad yesterday and therefore no running! But it was great fun all the same. will get booked back in over the next few weeks. Well I am glad that you booked in for the 10K in LEEDS. You really have some challenges on your hands this year! You will be re-named... Built For Speed!
Matt how long have you been surfing? Sounds like a lovely spot to run in.
Denise - I live in West Cornwall (nr Truro) so really good for surfing.
The run was in South Devon - not so good for suring but very pretty. It's where the inlaws live.
Posted this a while back but it's a pic of me taken (in secret - I had no idea!) last October nearby.
Been surfing since 1989 (I was 14) when we moved from Surrey to Cornwall.
My skiing is a lot lot worse though!
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