Nicola that is great work - 5miles is about 8K and a pace of 10min/mile is around 6min/K which is what I try to stick to. That should get you close to 10K in the hour which I reckon is a great achievement. I am at the point where I am not sure if I should increase distance or try to increase pace. Regardless of that must try and get out more before the mornings/evenings get too dark!
Thanks Tina - I do worry about the sanity of running in poor light though - just about OK at the moment for a 0630 morning run but will be pretty dark in a couple of months I guess. Could just go at weekends but will miss my week day fix I think!!
Just discovered runners world forums and this thread in particular echoes my sentiments. I have always hated the thought of running and was rubbish at school [which to be fair was a long time ago!]. In May decided to do something about my non existant fitness and mapped a 1.5K run which was hard! Have managed to keep at it setting 6min/K pace targets and have just done my first 5K route today in 30min 40sec. I know this is nothing special but feels great to be able to keep going for that distance and I am loving running - as was said earlier I think setting your own pace really helps.
My main concern now is how to keep it going as the darker mornings/evenings are coming as I tend to run on unlit country roads/lanes and don't want to get run over!!