tracking how a relative beginner gets on with trying to get a 10k of under 1hr
you are certainly mad - join the club!! I've just registered for the Berlin marathon in September for the same reason - I'm feeling quite motivated to run at the moment so it's now or never with the marathon.
Your 10K times are pretty simlar to mine - you must have been gutted with the 1.00:06 - I did 1.00.20 and I thought that was bad enough. The driving wind would have made a massive difference to your 10K time at easter.
ADBRU - which marathon are you doing? Good luck with it.
Hi there people!
Any chance I could join the club as I've entered my first 10K this July? I'm not too shabby over 800m up to 5K but I've got a nasty feeling 10K is going to really push my endurance.
Good luck guys,
Love having newcomers - welcome one and all!
Thanks for the dates Colin - I fear I shan't be fit enough by then. I have the Barnstaple RFL in June - I think I may be able to struggle around that - Doctor's diagnosis permitting! I'm also taking a look at the Dartmoor "6 Moor Miles" in July - that might be up your street Matt - I think most of it is across the moor, so a bit softer on the muscles! Check it out here:
6 Moor Miles
NBFS, I am doing the Lochaber Marathon in Fort William.Be able to look at Ben Nevis for most of the return 13 miles plus its my home town so a fitting first marathon
Its in 9 days and I am now just heading out after taking a break for a week due to shin splints starting to flare up again Wish me luck !
Hi Mick & Phil
Absolutely marvellous - all of it - I am in awe of your dedication. I hope one day to be fit enough to do a marathon, at the moment it seems like an awfully long way! )
Well done to both of you - I do hope that things continue to go well for you.
Thanks Mick & Phil - a bit at a time is a great philosophy. Great things from tiny acorns as they say!
Butt in gear, I'm going to try and dodge the rain later & do my "bit" for today.
Happy plodding Sundays everyone!
Glad someone's put this forum up, I've got my first 10K race in a couple of weeks, (The Great East Anglia Race), and was hoping to get some advice.
My training mainly consists of running distances between 5 and 10K, having done 8.5K in 44mins on my last run, so I'm aiming for around 50mins for the GEAR Race, but hopefully slightly quicker as my training is in London and includes bridges & steps, whereas the GEAR course is flat and fast . . . supposedly!
As I haven't competed in a road race situation before, I was wondering if I could get some advice from those that have on how they ran it?
The race tactics I usually use are:
Well, that's how I will run almost any race!
Mick n phil - I just love reading your threads - you've really got a way with words. Well done for everything you've achieved - you truly are both heroes!
Pethead - I like your tactics - also works for me. Basically I need to start slowly - find my own pace and just enjoy - eventually I find I start overtaking people then finish really strongly.
Can I ask people's advice. I went to get some new running shoes yesterday, decided to go to a running shop and get them fitted. I was advised that I needed a little support as my right foot was collapsing a little - tried on several pairs and eventually decided on a pair. Used them on the treadmill today - my intention was to run for an hour - looking to do about 11 K or a little under. Anyway felt great for about 6 K but then developed a blister on my right foot where the shoe is slightly built up. Ended up having to stop. My question - is this just because they are new or is the support too much for what I need?
Cool to see other new people join the thread....let's delurk together!
Mick and Phil, that's inspiration reading. A marathon seems ilke a long way off. And a long way. That's because it is Thanks for sharing...
Pethead, you almost made me splurt tea over the keyboard. I'm also hoping you're not running the London BUPA 10k, as I am now a little afraid.....
Andy79, a lot of my running is in London and hilly too - I'm telling myself I'll be super cardiovascular woman and that it will make the flat seem like a breeze? But it would be great to hear how other people actually ran it.
As for me, two exciting training things. One was I finally bit the bullet and went to the gym. I started running to get fit and not have to go to the gym...of course then I find out it might help me run. I feel slightly cheated, but am now pleased as am not scared of gyms anymore. Local authority gym, recently had refit, lovely people..I got shown how to do lunges and squats and consequently spent the evening being able to claim my bum hurt.
Today for my long run did the experiment of running 10k for the first time (previous longest run was 4.5 m). Really glad I did - think there was a bit of a mental block about the distance. From about 7k I was having to tell myself that I had run this far before, it was just a little bit extra. I think when I got to 9.5k my brain remembered I hadn't actually run that far before and sent me the idea to walk for 250m. i probably could have kept on running the final.5k, but when i got back in checked my timer and realised my time was roughly 1hr 4min ( I really need to buy a watch). Which was with walking, and not going hell for leather as I was slightly nervous about going 'that' far. I am pleased.
Also had revelation of running when the sun was shining. I swear since I started training I've only been out once before when it hasn't rained. Now of course contrarily I think I prefer running in the rain. I also (amazingly for a sunny afternoon and a route partly in a park) didn't get any 'helpful' comments from the general public once . The last time I went out for a long run in good weather, I had some wag slow down on his moped to deliver the witticism 'knees up love!' just as I was at the zenith of a particular bitch of a hill. Had I the reach, I may have pushed him off it. Although best public information heckle on the same run came from two blokes outside a pub who informed me 'the marathon is that way!' ( I live quite a way from the route) .
Hope you all got to enjoy the sun!
Tortoisenothare - No sweat, I'm doing the Cardiff one (Great wales Run) not the London one. Glad I didn't wreck your keyboard!
NBFS - Any information (ie names) on the shoes you bought and on your old ones? It could be that he shoe has too high an arch, and your collapsing foot is rubbing on it, and causing a blister. People say shoes need wearing in though.
the shoes are made by Saucony - not sure of a particular name beyond that. Previously I have been using Nike Shox which aren't the best and offer very little support but are actually really good for me. It does, as you say, feel as though the arch is a little high and the foot is rubbing on it. It could be that I need to wear them in though - I guess the bit that's collapsing hasn't really been touching anything previously so maybe I just need to get used to having support for my whole foot. I'll give them another go on a shorter run.
Er...Nike Shox are something like 70% fashion and 30% running (guesstimated percentages but the point is they're not dedicated running shoes) while Sauconies will be designed to run in. I guess the change from stylish non-supportive Nike to supportive Saucony could be giving your feet grief but other than that I can't see a major problem if the Sauconies are OK for your running style.
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