Posted: 09/03/2016 at 13:04
I tried to take up running twice before being able to (just about) do it. The one time I failed was trying to train for a distance / plan I could not do and was seeing the mountain as to big to climb.
My advice would be to book another 10k in 3-4 months time and get a training to focus on that. You can then treat your 8 week 10k race as a training run (walk a bit if you need) without putting on too much stress. Usually a 10k plan will have you running over 10k in the weeks before the race so might be a bit much in 8weeks.
I always like smartcoach on this website, but I am not sure what the beginner schedules are like.