I've always hated running, or at least thought I did.
Last summer I started going to the gym in order to lose weight - primarily because I'm engaged to be married (4weeks!) and didn't want to waste money on photo's I'd look awful in! Through diet and exercise I lost 2 1/2 stone, and have settled JUST on the normal BMI for my height. Anyway, after getting very bored with cross-trainers and the like, I decided to try the treadmills... started off walking uphill and slowly this turned into running. Took me a little while but I eventually achieved my goal of completing a 5km without any stopping or slowing down. After improving on the TMs I thought "this is easy, this running lark!" and took to the streets... Ha! Different ballgame entirely.
Anyway, after what felt like starting from scratch, I now find myself in the following position.
Firstly, I'm a 29yo male, based in Surrey, and I run alone. I've never attended a race or a club.
I try to run 3 times per week. I run round the streets in a very residential area. I'm regularly running 6.5k's in around the 31min mark. My quickest recorded 5k was 23:50. My longest run thus far has been a 8.75k (hilly, residential) in 44:17. This extrapolates to just over 50 mins for the 10km, but I've not run that far as yet. It's my next goal to complete the 10km in under 50mins and I'll attempt it soon...
All data collected by way of Nike+ and MapMyRun, though I've just ordered myself a Garmin Forerunner 305 for accuracy and gadgety goodness