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Posted: Yesterday at 22:51

Soupdragon, I know how you feel but you've already done more than I had when I did that 10k, you would easily be able to do that now if you had to.  I couldn't even do 6.5k without stopping!  Needless to say I was somewhat nervous on the day, but I can honestly say it flew by and it really didn't feel that much longer than the 5ks I had done on my own.

I was also worried about running alongside other people as that was my first experience of that, I had intended to go to parkrun first but kept putting it off.  I actually found it a real help as I just kept focussing on someone in front and tried to keep pace with them.  

The parkrun thing makes me nervous too, I read that you need to print out a barcode to be scanned, but - stupid question coming up - what do people do with it?  Do they just run round holding a bit of paper?  Sorry if this is such a daft and obvious question 

I'm feeling really tired at the moment too - like I need to sleep tons more than usual.  Was meant to be running today but felt too wiped out so went for a walk instead.  I have no idea how all these people doing silly miles manage to stay awake! 


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Posted: Yesterday at 18:53

I find pacing really hard, up until now I've just been going as slow as I can going from what I've read, and that really did help me to increase the distance.  But I have no idea what sort of pace to up it to now.  Trial and error I guess.  Last time I went out I thought that perhaps my natural slow pace had maybe picked up a little, so I'm hoping that will just happen naturally.  I think parkrun might help with this as I can pace myself against other people.  

I just need to stop being so shy and get myself along to one!

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Posted: Yesterday at 18:31

I find the first mile hellish sometimes, I have to keep telling myself not to stop.  Thing is, it's not like I'm running 5k any faster, I run everything as slowly  as possible!

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Posted: Yesterday at 18:18

If you're the slowest with times like that then they all must be pretty speedy!  

Question for you all - once you'd run 10k did you ever still find 5k hard after that?  Also, when I'm out running on my own I find I have a tendency to stop long before I should.  Even when I've run much farther before.  I need to be more disciplined 

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Posted: Yesterday at 13:17

I agree, and you're all correct, it is definitely good motivation to see that someone else has done what you're trying to do yourself.  It shows that all of these running articles and advice isn't just theory, it can be done!  

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Posted: 07/10/2015 at 20:22

2.10 is a great time Pez - especially if you walked some of it!  You are certainly right about it being an achievement.  

My trouble is I have no idea how I actually got round that 10k!  Two days before I got to 3k and gave up because my legs were telling me to.  Then three days after it the same.  I'm starting to wonder if I did actually do the 10k or if I just dreamt it!  I'm worried I'll never be able to replicate it 


Posting on here does help though, it's somewhere to sort of be accountable to.  Although I'm sure a load of strangers who have never met me probably couldn't give a monkey's if I beat that 5k time or run x km nonstop! 

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Posted: 07/10/2015 at 19:58

Well done on getting back out jonjay, it's never easy after a break but I find once I've been out even a couple of times I'm hooked again!  You'll be back up to 10k in no time.


I've been having a look but can't seem to find too many 10ks coming up that are reasonably near, maybe there's just not as many over the winter?  I will really have to try to get to a parkrun too now that I know it isn't too scary running alongside other people!  I don't know whether my next long term goal should be a faster 10k or to think about doing the half next year. Perhaps both?!  

Good grief, when I started this thread I never imagined that would be a sentence I'd ever write in it!! 

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Posted: 07/10/2015 at 19:34

I don't mind running in the rain but running in the wind is horrible!  It's like trying to run with someone pushing you back.  And no matter which direction I run in I always seem to be running into the wind, it's never at my back.  It's only going to get worse over the winter now as well 

Now that I've done my 10k I feel at a bit of a loss.  I think I really need a goal to be working towards to make me motivated enough not to stop when I'm out running.  Otherwise it's too easy to think that it won't matter if I just cut the run short, and I don't want to get into the habit of doing that!  Knowing I had that 10k coming up really helped me to keep going even when I thought I couldn't.  Maybe I should enter a marathon or something! 

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Posted: 05/10/2015 at 13:48

Hi soupdragon, and welcome to the thread.  I've not been around much the past few weeks as I've been away and just really busy.  Your training seems like it's going well, and you should manage the 10k fine if you've already done 8k twice.  I know what you mean about feeling absolutely shattered though, I've been exhausted since I started running more!  By mid afternoon I'm ready for bed sometimes!


Jonjay, hope you manage to get back into it, I've had that problem before but usually find that once I start again the bug bites and then I'm on a roll.  


How's everyone else doing?

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Posted: 04/10/2015 at 17:08

Sorry, very rude of me, been away for a bit so not been on much, need to catch up on everyone else's posts and hello to any newcomers! 

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