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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22/02/2008 at 08:53

Managed 59.20 for 10K on the treadmill last night - I know it's not the same but I think what it does do is get you used to running at the right pace to get under the hour.  Need to slow up a bit now though - need to do 8 miles on Sunday.

Denise - is your neck bad from snowboarding?  Funny - I did a few weights on Monday, trying to do something a little more active than watching TV in between runs.  I did my neck in - managed to run Tuesday but had to rest on Wednesday because it was getting worse.  Funny how a little bit of excercise that you're not used to can effect you - hopefully you will get out at the weekend. 

Weather looks great for running at the weekend - good luck to everyone that's getting out there to pound the streets.

Matt - enjoy the surfing and the slightly warmer weather.


22/02/2008 at 11:33

Running shoes are packed for Lanzarote - just in case!

22/02/2008 at 11:45
Sounds good NBFS -  I don't think I could do that, but I really do hate treadmill running. I don't like being kept at a forced speed, I'm too predisposed to speeding up and slowing down constantly
22/02/2008 at 12:04

Petedaddy - I'm exactly the same.  I used to think treadmill running was easier until I realised that I could speed up and slow down as I needed to while running on the road - treadmill running kills me now - last night was such a slog and I could easily have stopped several times but managed to keep it going.  It's a great way of doing the speedwork as part of my training and it then makes you appreciate just how lovely it is running outside in the lovely cold, wet british weather going at a pace that can vary as my old body starts telling me it's had enough. 

adbru    pirate
24/02/2008 at 19:26

Hi Guys,

Matt - many congrats to you and your mrs. I hope everything goes ok for you both


05/03/2008 at 11:37

New PB today of 1:01:29. That was hard, but had I paced myself a little better I'd have got nearer I think.

I wonder whatever happened to Sazzler?

14/03/2008 at 12:42

Hi Folks!

Sorry I haven't been around for a while. New job, and a very lazy time has meant running has not been on my list for a few months now.

Spring is coming so I am gearing myself up for a new start. Well done all of you who have battled through the winter months and are now achieveing great times.

Congratulations Matt - I hope everything is OK and I wish you and Mrs Matt all the very best - look after her!

So - next goal is the Barnstaple RFL in June - target is below 30 mins (did it in 35 last year). Training here I come! 

14/03/2008 at 14:44

Well, there's a coincidence. Hi DP, I've haven't been here for a while either, so now the Devon contingent is back in force!

I'm back running again after my ITBS problems of last year. Taking it slowly, making sure that I don't build up the distance too quickly, as that is where I think I went wrong last time. Don't want a re-occurance as it has taken months for it to disappear.

Currently running 3.5 miles twice a week at a slow pace (35 mins), and swimming twice a week to help the leg muscles.

Shame that the RFL is women only, otherwise that we be a good target. Maybe I could just shave my legs... 

adbru    pirate
14/03/2008 at 17:31

Hi Guys,

Keep up the good work

Mrs A has her 10k at the end of the month, doing the 3 lime sport relief run on sunday.......along the main runway at RAF Kinloss

She has been doing well but now has picked up an ankle injury, i blame myself as I only recently took her to get new shoes. The lady in the shop watched her run 3 strides and said "STOP". She could tell straight away she needed control shoes so the damage may have been done. Got to try and get her recovered for the 10k now as she will be gutted if she misses it

16/03/2008 at 14:46

Hi All

 Colin - good to hear you are back on your feet again - team Devon are up and running! Well done you!

Adbru - how did it go? I do hope she is OK! I got some snazzy new shoes a couple of weeks ago on a trip to Plymouth - how good is it to go into a specialised shop with people who know what they are talking about! it's just a shame they have struggled to do 10k in total since new!


adbru    pirate
16/03/2008 at 16:34
Hi DP,

We got round without her ankle giving up
We were nearly last but time wasnt the point, although one guy almost completed his 10k before we finished our 3 mile !!
23/03/2008 at 10:41

Hi All

Adbru - well done! Time doesn't matter when you are trying to get fit again - or you are as slow as me - just to finish is great!

Last year at the Lanhydrock 10k we passed others finishing when I was plodding my way through 6k - it turned out to be Matt! 

I also came second to last at the South Molton 10k - but they were all mega serious club runners - so I was just chuffed to finish. I enjoyed the experience though - I hope you did too!

Now - where's my egg? 

adbru    pirate
23/03/2008 at 12:04
Hi DP,
Hows things

Mrs A is now on her taper before the 10k next weekend !
Her ankle is still a "bit nippy" but she wont pull out after all this training

I went out for a 14 mile lsr this morning in about 3" of snow, bailed out after 7 miles due to going over my ankle about 5 times !! I train on trails and i couldnt see the stones/bogs/tree roots underneath.
So i stopped before i did any damage, will go out again tomorrow but if the weathers still the same i will go to the gym a hog a treadie for 2 hours ! lol.

Hows everyone else getting on ??
All training hard ready for the new season ??

run safe

23/03/2008 at 19:01

Devonion - sorry about that - feel a bit guilty.

I was however completely shattered at that point! 

25/03/2008 at 14:26

Hi All

No need to be sorry Matt - I admire your energy - I was shattered at 6k! All those hills - still, might be back again this year! )

Adbru - I'm not a fan of running on treadmills, it seems to take ages! The one at work has a mirror in front too - what a sight! Having said that, I have been such a wimp this winter I have been looking around to buy one. Hubby is not keen - tells me they are "pathetic" - mmm - but probably not as pathetic as me!

Holiday from work this week, so I will get some training in... 

25/03/2008 at 14:42
Mirrors can be good for "form" - just make sure no one is looking...
28/03/2008 at 09:29

Wish I could run on a treadmill, went out this morning for 3.5 miles and got absolutely drenched. Had to pour the water out of my shoes. It was wet, windy, blustery and generally horrible, but I finished with a smile as I ran nearly 2 mins faster than normal.

I think it was a combination of wanting to finish ASAP and the fact that I couldn't here my HRM alarm going off!


28/03/2008 at 09:44
My knee is still not right - uh oh...
04/04/2008 at 12:23
Best now is 1hr 59 seconds. So, so close, but still not quite there.
adbru    pirate
04/04/2008 at 12:36

Well done Pete, nearly there

Mrs A did her 10k last weekend, 1:20:05 and i am really proud of her

(she said never again though....... )

staedy 13:00/mile pace all the way round 

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