Bridge to 10k - a practice run

I just wasn't up to it today. Tired legs, probably dehydrated, there was no power and boy did I yearn for the walking breaks! Managed 2 of the 17 min runs, but couldn't face the last one and just fizzled out with 15 mins to go. But hey, I came in at under 7 min/km and I was running for 36 mins, the weather was fantastic, cool and sunny, and I got my exercise before the day started. Plus I get to do this podcast again - what joy!

I'm finding these longer runs quite challenging, I must admit. It will take a while until I'm comfortable with running for over 50 mins, but then that's why I'm doing this.

Happy running everybody!

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  • Jaysee,I found it tough going at PR today, but kept going. I find, like loads of others if I go to a walk, when I start running again I get the gremlins, so really avoid walking now and keep going..😊

  • I'm doing the bridge to 10k (Sami Murphy) and there are walking breaks planned in. But every now and then I do like to put in a 5k without walking breaks - just to prove to myself that I still can!

  • Hi jaysee, I will be doing wk3 r1 on Monday. I'm finding these longer runs quite tough too so taking extra rest days, and doing some practise runs as well...

    Good luck with your running, you know you are capable of great things..you already have the badge.😊

  • Is there something about the 7:00 minute pace that is necessary? Perhaps if you slowed down to a 7:30 pace , you would be able to complete the required number of 17 minutes runs?

  • I've tried that, but the music seems to set this pace for me!

  • Well done for getting out there when you weren't feeling up to it.

    I agree with Bazza1234. My longest distance without walking breaks is 7.7 km and I managed that only by slowing down completely, back to my original snail pace.

    I find walking breaks are really good though, but only if they are pre planned! Then I find them enjoyable and no gremlins. If I have to slow down to a walk because I have been pushing myself too hard, then the gremlins are all over me.

  • I so agree with you about the difference between planned and unplanned walk breaks, Iben. The unplanned ones are just like an invitation to every gremlin in the world to come and torment me, but a planned one is fine. Weird! I also agree about slowing down. Don't think it's possible to work on speed and increasing distance at the same time.

  • Just goes to prove that running goes on in your head as much as in your legs :-)

  • I totally agree! I've done 10k using run/walk and it was fine (and fast). But as soon as a non-planned walk comes in I tend to lose it! Very odd!

    The point of the bridge podcasts is that there are only two walking breaks after 17 mins of running. Which obviously wasn't enough yesterday!

  • The 'Bridge' podcasts are very popular, but people have reported picking up injuries whilst attempting them. The distances do seem to ramp up quite quickly. Take care, Sweetie :)

  • Thanks for the warning. Hadn't really thought of that aspect, just thought I was being a wimp! But maybe my body was telling me something😈

  • I agree with Bazza1234 and IbenCopenhagen I don't think I could manage a 10k at that pace either. Although I have managed 6k in under 40mins which I'm very proud of. My 7/8k pace is more like 7:15 - 7:30min/km and my 10k pace is just under 8min/km. And that's an average pace as I tend to aim for negative splits so for running 10k my first laps are slowed right down e.g. 8:40min/km. You sort of consciously have to keep reminding yourself to slow down. But you're rewarded with a more comfortable faster run later after you pass the 7/8km mark, it's worth it I promise :)

  • I have done 10k at an 8:00 and 8:30 pace and with planned walking breaks I even managed it once in under 1:14 (very chuffed at that). The aim of the bridge is to improve my stamina and pace. I could slow down, but somehow the music makes me go faster than I intend - and tbh that is part of the challenge!

  • Fair enough then! I haven't managed better than 1hr17 yet :)

  • I am doing the Bridge to 10 K podcasts... and I am slow...:)

    Just finished week 3....and I am tired...so, I am having a rest from the programme for my next week's runs, which are going to be purely, get out there and see where I get to, runs :)

    Plus.... I have had a small treat.... I have bought a cross-trainer and am using that to improve my stamina... only just got it... but I want to have a proper play on it next week too :)

    Your run sounds fine.. you did it and you did it well :) Onward and upward? xxx

  • I am in the middle of week 3 and also tired. I think I might drop back a bit and do some shorter runs. Not sure yet though!

    The run was actually fine, but not as long as I wanted and not exactly what I was aiming for. The warning about injury might be quite timely though!

  • I am liking my 5 Ks... and my 7Ks....I am hoping the 10 will just happen one day :)

  • It will. Of that I am certain, you're such a strong runner!

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