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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21/04/2008 at 21:02
Felt so FREE and relaxed


Hi everyone

Tonight we ran for 1 hour on the track with Stratford on Avon AC

it was fun, people said on London and the award "well done the both of you , you deserve it "

we did'nt go mad, it was our first outing since London marathon - and plus we have to prepare for this Sunday's Shakespeare marathon

But we did feel most free, away from our troubled existence of a life that we lead- as i was running,it was'nt a race, it was there for us to just do our own thing - i thought about my " Bird of prey " , that hovers above us, wings at full span, hovering just so majestically and effortlessly

it felt good, so very good, that's how it was mean't to feel -

It was only 1 hour, but it give me some ME time and gave me the " FEEL GOOD " factor again

what more can you ask for, i will now seek to run Shakespeare FM in somewhere sub 5 - i won't get compleaceant, not in the marathon
adbru    pirate
21/04/2008 at 22:05

Hi Mick,

I have my first marathon on Sunday, I'll be thinking about you guys as I plod my way round

Re the comment on proper shoes, when i got my first running shoes last year they felt like they were rubbing on my archs but after 3 or 4 runs were fine, i put it down to not understanding how running shoes work. So I would tend to agree with the previous comment that you may need to get used to them, there is always the chance that they are not the shoes for you though so bear that in mind.
I now need to get a new pair, i got my current shoes when on holiday in Canada only to find out that they dont sell them in the UK  !!  I have now tried about 6 different shoes and cant find a pair that feel right
I feel i really need new ones now so will have to make a definite effort to find a suitable pair (or order them from canada !!!  )

Run Safe

Adbru 

21/04/2008 at 22:13

Hi Adbru

where u running mate -

Shakespeare or Blackpool or ????

adbru    pirate
22/04/2008 at 05:41

hi Mick,

Neither, I am running at the Lochaber Marathon on the west coast of Scotland (at the foot of Ben Nevis )

Adbru 

22/04/2008 at 08:39

Hi,

I think you're right - it is a matter of getting used to running in a shoe that's designed for running - although I think Nike might disagree a little as they do market the Shox as a running shoe, and to be fair they have got me through a lot of mileage.

Anyway - went out again last night and did 3 and a half miles in the new shoes - felt better.  Still have the blister and it was giving me a bit of jip but the biggest difference was I felt very in control of my running - I think previously my feet tended to be all over the place whereas now they seem to be consistently straight.  The amount of support they give me is incredible - I'm sure in the long run they are going to be a huge benefit.

Adbru - best of luck at the weekend, sounds like an amazing place to run your first marathon, I always find the scenery makes things a little easier when things start to hurt and you couldn't get much better scenery to look at.

NBFS

22/04/2008 at 18:03

So I've finally done my first 10 k race (Flitwick) and got oh so close, with 61.27 (watch time), so now I've entered Whipsnade in the hope that less traffic, a flatter course and six weeks of training will get me under the magic 60.  Thought I'd find the list too, so that the newcomers could add their times/aims. 

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 61.27 - <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

22/04/2008 at 21:47

Grast girl - you'll get there for sure.  I was just over last September then trained for the half marathon first half of this year so actually only trained for the 10K for about 4 weeks prior to running 56.15 in Lilleshall a couple of weeks back.  I know to some it's not that quick but it is a great feeling as you approach and then go under the hour mark - well done for getting so close - whatever anyone says it's a great achievement that you should be proud of. 

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 61.27 - <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 56.15  <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

Pethead    pirate
22/04/2008 at 22:35

I'm on the list now 

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 61.27 - <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 56.15  <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

Pethead M/15 PB N/A, <45? Jul 08

Did first track meet of the season and also first one in new age group today - Ran 300m, 3000m and 600m, legs are now knackered.

23/04/2008 at 07:41
Morning all, is anyone running the Great East Anglia Run on Sun 4th? It's going to be my first 10K race, nice flat course, though it would be a good one to start on! Let's hope the weather holds out. Has anyone run this race previously?
23/04/2008 at 10:27

OK, I think I'm going to have a go at the ('gently undulating') Bideford 10K on the 18th May so that I can at least get my name on the list (hopefully sub 60).

There's a 5.25k 'Fun Run' in Barnstaple the week before, funnily enough going along the route I run for training - is it worth entering or will it just be risking an injury / being knackered the week after

Any tips for pre-first-race training ? Currently I'm running 5.25miles twice a week. I'm thinking of shortening the runs to 3.5miles for the week before the race, but apart from that haven't really got a plan.

23/04/2008 at 14:48

Colin,

in my opinion if you feel OK doing 5.25 miles then carry on doing it - maybe reduce the last run before the race to 3.5 miles and probably don't make this any later than the Thursday.

The 5.25 mile run the week before is unlikely to leave you knackered a week later so go for it - it'll give you the experience of running a race with other people and might just help you get under the hour in the 10K.  If anything between now and 18th May I would probably introduce another run in the week - maybe something a little shorter.  Try starting the week with a 2 mile run slightly faster than you normally run the 5+ mile runs.

You could possibly run a training plan off this site - they're generally quite good.

And the week of the race no booze and lots of pasta and bananas.

All this works for me anyway,

Good luck!

NBFS 

23/04/2008 at 23:34

Took me a while to figure out how to format it, but I'm on...

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 61.27 - <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 56.15 <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                                                                                                                                                    Pethead M/15 PB N/A, <45? Jul 08                                                                                                                Tortoisenothare F/28 PB N/A <60 May 08

Had a bit of an odd one on my midweek was supposed to be slightly speedy run today. Route I've run before, eaten, etc. There's a real cow of a hill about 2 miles in - having reached the top I had to stop at the traffic lights: which is when I almost passed out, had to hold on to the crossing button thingy to stop from keeling over. Obviously walked the rest of the way home! I was a bit worried, but I think the combination of it being quite humid plus hill plus having to stop rather abruptly may have something to do with it. May still go and bother my rather mental GP anyway. I think I may be a winter runner .....

Not built for speed - race week - bananas and pasta ay? I'm thinking of cutting the booze from a month before, partly for training, partly because I was choosing wine for an event the other day and someone remarked that I ought to know about it. I don't like this reputation for wine quaffing!

Edited: 23/04/2008 at 23:35
24/04/2008 at 08:32

Hi,

Bananas and Pasta - and lot's of protein, chicken and fish mainly.  Works for me.

Don't worry about having a reputation for quaffing wine - it's very civilised and has almost zero calories - that's what I tell myself anyway.  I've virtually given up beer and only drink wine nowadays which im my head means I'm virtually t-total.

24/04/2008 at 14:14
So pre-race training seems to be more sitting around and eating extra portions, cool!
24/04/2008 at 14:47

Yes but you will learn to really really hate pasta - believe me!

24/04/2008 at 15:27

my PB for 10K was Oct 07 at Weston Park, Wolverhampton in a time of 50.34.

Im trying to beat it on Sunday at Sutton Park. Fingers crossed.

25/04/2008 at 13:49

Nothing much to say, just wanted to put this thread at the top of the page . How I went so long in life pretending I wasn't competitive I don't know.....

 Heloha to Dave, good luck for Sunday...you feeling in a PB beating mood?

A quick q for all in terms of increasing mileage - I did first 10k run last week, which meant my weekly mileage jumped up. Up to that point I'd been building by about 0.5 to 1m a week. This week for my long run I'm wondering whether to build on from the 10k, to run the same distance again, or to take it down to 6 miles....My training plan was taking me up gradually (previous longest run was 4.5m a fortnight ago) but I wanted to actually run 10k before I raced it!

10k didn't kill me, although was sore. I'm leaning towards doing the same distance again, and then doing 11k next week and so on. It is a bit more mileage than in my training plan though....I am feeling generally quite fit however...but would be really annoyed to injure myself.....

Decisions, decisions. Any thoughts? 

25/04/2008 at 14:12

I'm no expert but personally I would stick at the 10K for a few weeks.  Gets used to the distance - then when you run the distance in a race you'll feel so much more confident because you know you've done it several times before.

If you're aiming to run further than 10K in races in the near future then there's no reason why you couldn't continue to build the mileage over time.   I think it was adbru said that now he's running further as part of his marathon training the 10K seems a lot easier and his times are coming down.

I just think do what you feel comfortable with - sounds like you're well in control of things.

By the way - I think it's this weekend adbru is running the marathon - if it is and you're knocking around the forum today good luck with it.

NBFS

28/04/2008 at 08:46

Morning all,

managed another PB at the MIdlands Lung Run yesterday,  Tried a new tactic - started very slowly - first 1K in 6.30 then felt great for the rest of the race and finished very strongly.  Maybe the way to go - what does anyone think?

Dave bytheway, did you manage a PB - pretty good race I thought.

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 61.27 - <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 55.31 <50 Sept 08
DianaD - F/53 PB 56.03 <55 Jan 08
Jasp 169 F/38 PB 62.30
Terrie F/42 PB 56.30                                                                                                                                                    Pethead M/15 PB N/A, <45? Jul 08                                                                                                                Tortoisenothare F/28 PB N/A <60 May 08

Edited: 28/04/2008 at 08:47
adbru    pirate
28/04/2008 at 10:41

Morning All,

A bit stiff today but I did it !! 

The weather was horrible....blue skys and sunshine !! (I was expecting/wanting drizzle)
I will do a race report soon but i was feeling pretty good at the halfway mark but struggled pretty quickly after 15m. Decided to be sensible and pace for 4:30.

Official time 4:26:51 and watch time of 4:26:27 ....job done.

I now have a marathon Pb and a finishers medal  

Many thanks for all the help and support from you guys.

Adbru 

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