Asics running plan query

I have inputted a plan for a possible 10k in June (not booked yet as I am a big scaredy cat)! I have done 10k twice with ju-ju plan so wanted to keep that distance. The start of the plan is 'preconditioning' with some slow paced runs at 14 min/mile. My usual pace is 10min/mile. This is going to be really slow, so slow that I might be walking. Even my 7 yr old runs at 12 min/miles. Is this right? I put in my 5k pb of 30.14 and a 10k goal of 60min (currently at 64.30). Two runs per week.

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  • The suggested pace for the initial "Jog" runs of all MyAcics plans are always reeeaaalllyyy slow.

    Just jog at the slowest pace you are comfortable whilst maintaining an actual running motion.

  • I'd I run faster and input these in the plan does it automatically change the plan at all or does it stay the same? Sorry not used a plan before like this.

  • It didn't increase my plan pace when I did this, it just logged it.

  • It won't adjust anything based on your performance in the "Pre-Conditioning" phase. That will only occur if there is a significant difference in your performance compared to the guideline in the "Going Further" and "Going Faster" stages.

  • OK that makes sense! I don't imagine I will get much quicker than the 10min/mile and I would be very happy with that.

  • I am v slow but even my plan wanted to slow me down further. I did what Dunder2004 suggests and adopted a comfortable pace.

    You will nail a June race H! Get it booked and enjoy πŸ˜ƒπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

  • But if I book now I am committed to 10k. I find the idea of the build up to the start quite overwhelming. And I am running on my own :-(

  • Two choices then, build up to 10k and register when you are absolutely comfortable you can do the 10k. Problem with this is you may find it hard to maintain progress as you don't really have a goal date to deliver. Also there may be no places left.

    OR, bite the bullet and enter now, giving yourself a target date and distance to aim for.

    Only you can decide but from your previous posts I would say that by June you will have nailed 10k, absolutely all over it!

    I run on my own and have found having a 10k race booked since October (eeek its next week) has kept me going out of the door and adding distance. I am anxious about the race now but I have trained so in theory I should be ok. What's the worse that can happen? I can always walk!

    Good luck, you can do it !

  • Yes I have anxiety about the race. Lol the word race is so wrong and implies I might be aiming to win!!! I have done the distance before so I can do it but I would like to be a bit more comfortable hence the training programme. Likewise it will be hotter in June and I don't know how that will affect me. I just might book it today..........needs courage!

  • Go on book it, put the date in your diary, then keep it at distance in your mind, then concentrate on the plan taking it week by week only.

    I use Asics plans and I think they're great, again it's just a guide, go with how you feel, I never managed the slow runs at their 'slow' pace, I looked at it as more building the strength in my legs and then (as I'm not fast) endurance, I.e concentrating on the time out rather than specific distances (within what was recommended on the plan)

    It should adjust as you go along, mine haven't changed much really, the predicted time has stayed the same, I have done more than the plan some weeks, but have kept an eye on the total weekly mileage more or less in line with the plan.

    Come on, book it, you know you want to.........πŸ˜„πŸ‘


  • OK so the plan may adjust, that's interesting. I did wonder about training for slightly over the mileage which would enable me to do the 10k but know I could do more. That way I would also be progressing from 10k to more distance over the summer.

    I have a colleague doing the abp 10k in April which I was tempted but it is a big marathon event too. BTW she hasn't run at all from the couch yet......but she has oodles of confidence whereas I feel like an imposter runner!

    I will ponder over booking this..........

  • You are not an imposter! Doh! Go on book it!

    I didn't follow a 'plan' for 10k myself, just gradually increased on my long run, but I did do the 10k before my first event - it's a real confidence thing isn't it?

    I went to 9.5 miles on my 10 mile plan, and 12.5 miles - my choice - on the HM plan (I'll tell you if that worked next week! 😬 😱)

    Wow, good luck to your friend, that's a lot to achieve in a short space of time, everyone is different though.

    And you're not an imposter, I know how you feel though, a friend at parkrun takes the mickey out of me, 'oh here comes the non-runner for a half marathon!'.....


  • I have suggested hubs does the April 10k and I book the June 10k so we both have a training goal. It may happen!!!

    I am impressed that you are training for your hm. I would love to do this and maybe that could be next year's goal as I am a running newbie really. Hope it goes really well for you! I am glad I am not the only non- runner on here lol.

  • I have a MyAsics plan for my first Half marathon in July and have also struggled to run slowly enough. Though I quite like being told my pace is 2 minutes too fast. After a few weeks it has recalculated and speeded everything up. Now it is predicting around 2.10 instead of 2.30. I am thinking "Not a hope" as it now expects me to run the half marathon at 10 min miles and I don't even run 5ks at that. I will be happy to finish in less than 3 hours and if I manage less than 2.30 may need hospitalisation, or a pack of donuts! :P

  • Good luck with your training! I am inspired by many of you doing long distances. It looks like the myasics plan is used by quite a few runners (and non runners) on here so hopefully it will work for me. My first few runs will be quicker than suggested but maybe at the end my 10min/mile might slightly improve. I cannot see me doing 10k in less that 60min given my two attempts so far have been 64mins. But we shall see!! I think there will be a few donuts eaten after my 10k, for a hm you deserve the whole box lol.

  • Oh dear hubs has accepted the challenge and booked onto the Southampton 10k in April. That leaves me to book the 10k on the common for June.......

  • I did the myasics plan for a marathon, but i took the pace as a guide pace. it seems to jump from being stupidly slow to sprinting for 8k! (You won't need to sprint for 8k) so i just took it as a guide pace. The ones it tells you to go slow then go slow and the ones you go fast go faster!

    there are other plans out there which focus on building speed up if you can already do the distance which sounds like more for you as you said you can do 10k.

    so all you need to do no is click off this webpage, go to in, type the name of the race your doing, then click the enter now button, type in all your details with your bank details. Then boom your entered!

  • Thanks Benwell. I have now been coerced into booking my place so it is now official! This means I need to keep running! Flipping heck, last time I entered a race I was drunk, fortunately just a 5k lol. This time I am totally sober and know what I am doing, arghh!

  • and your feel all the better for it, its exciting right! just imagine this time next year your be writing about if you should enter a half or not! and then the following year just imagine it! a full marathon. So exciting!

  • Haha I'm not sure excited is how I feel at the moment........but it does give me butterflies thinking about it! Hopefully once I get into the training plan it will feel more achievable. Sounds so silly when you are all running so much bigger distances! I don't even have any bling.

  • nope not silly at all and never think its silly.

    One of the biggest problems people have in running is comparing each other. You are you and no one else, whatever distance you are doing is remarkable we all started off with nothing and now we have more. I should imagine the majority of people here didn't have any bling before we started our journeys. We may have started our journey before you, and some have started after you, but you are where you are, you are who you are.

    Just remember, go run and be happy for who you are!

  • Thank you, such wise words. I need to remember them. I am who I am and I run as far as I can.

  • Well done, enjoyπŸ˜ƒπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

  • Don't talk yourself out of it. Stop worrying! The plan is a good guide but be sure to do the input right so you get the correct plan for your needs. The beginner Or easy plan is what I follow. The intermediate ones are very tough so I would leave them be

    Read the notes about your plan! They explain fully the phases of the plan. First phase is about slow running to condition your legs. Do these slow runs. As it points out things speed up in the next phase. By the time you have finished the plan you will be sick of fast runs πŸ™‚

    A race is fun! Not like going to the dentist. Enjoy yourself, relax and enjoy your training πŸ™‚

  • I have had mixed results with Asics, but mostly because I didn't get on with Nagging Nancy, as I christened the voiceover you can enable for your runs. I envisaged her as sitting on a porch somewhere in Texas. She really didn't approve of me at all, but perhaps she will like you better :D Good luck with it all, but as MissW says, do the slow runs at the start even if you can't do them as slowly as the plan says. There's plenty of time for faster runs later. You'll be fine!

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