Well I never thought I'd be writing that! Today I did my first 10k! I'm chuffed to bits.
I started C25K in April last year and I never thought I'd be a couple of weeks from my 'run-iversary' doing 10k!!
I haven't really been training for 10k, it just somehow happened! A month or so ago I went for a run and thought I'd try 6k if it felt okay. It did, so I did 6k for a couple of weeks (at around 40-42mins). Then I was doing a 6k and I had a steady pace, no stitch, feeling positive, so I upped it to 7k. All went well! Then I had a couple of dud runs- a 5k that turned into a 3k when a) I was stopped by a passerby for complicated directions and b) it started hailing! Then I had a really uncomfortable 5k, got a stitch, gremlins came calling... It was horrible!
But somehow the next run was really good. I decided to run by time instead of by km. I knew I could run for 50mins without stopping as that was my pace for the 7ks I'd done. So I thought, I'll see if I can get to 1hr. The first time I ran for an hour I did 8.3km, which I was really pleased with. Last weekend I thought I'd do an hour again and as the hour approached, I realised that I must have run a bit faster as I was at 8.7k so I thought I might as well finish and I achieve my first 9km in about 1hr 3 mins. Hurrah!
I managed to get a quick run in after work on Tuesday so I thought I'd do 5k and see if the longer runs had made any difference to my timing. My PB for 5k is 32mins 29. On Tuesday, I did it in 33.29, so only a minute slower than my best! I was really pleased with that. I think mixing up the longer and shorter runs is going to be a really good idea for me.
So this morning, I decided to go out for a longer run but with no real plan about how far to go, just slow and steady. I got to 5k in 34mins which is pretty good as my long run pace is usually just over 7min per km, so I knew I was doing relatively well. I got to 8km and was feeling good so I thought, you know what, why not go for the 10km! So I did!
The last km was a little tough, but mentally more than anything I think. I finished in 1 hour 8 mins 35 secs! I'm really, really pleased! I definitely think that the longer distances are as much a matter of will power and mental strength as physical power, focusing on keeping going nice and slowly, and not worrying.
I think I'll try to alternate between 5k and 8/10k now. I never thought I'd manage longer distances but it's all thanks to the programme starting me off well on this running lark!
Happy Easter everyone and Happy Running!