Looking for a bit of advice or reassurance or wisdom or all 3!
I'm registered in a 10K event in 2 weeks time. I'd signed up to this back in December when I'd graduated from Couch 2 5K , running was going well and I wanted something else to work towards. Unfortunately I then ended up on the IC for almost 4 weeks with tendinitis then work and life got really busy so getting back to regular running and training has gone a bit slower than I had hoped...
So I've been doing a combination of the Bridge 210K podcasts, intervals and done a few parkruns for practice at running with others in an event rather than just whatever time I fancied running. Managing 3 runs a week although I had to have a step back again a couple of weeks ago due to some leg pains which have thankfully resolved.
I managed parkrun at the weekend in 35 mins then did week 4 of the podcasts today which got me covering 8km which is the furthest I've run so far and it felt ok albeit slow and had a few gremlins in the first kms to sort out.
The event is in 2 weeks time, and although I've got a few more runs scheduled before it I won't have actually managed a 10k before the event. The run info says it's suitable for all abilities but I've since found out that it's quite a hilly course and the times from the last few years all look pretty fast for even the last finishers....
I'm swithering about whether I not I attempt it. Part of me thinks it's silly to try a 10K so soon when I'm not as far on with training as I had hoped to be, and that there will always be plenty of other races I could work towards. But then the other part of me thinks I should just give it a go and plan to walk the hilly bits and it'll be a PB because I've never done any events like this before. I'd rather not be last, although that doesn't worry me too much, but I think what I'm worried about is feeling like I've 'bitten off more than I can chew' in attempting a hilly 10K race and losing the sense of achievement that I've had so far from all the runs I've done (complete overweight beginner to running 6 months ago) if that makes sense?
Sorry that was a long post! If you're still reading, does aiming for 10k next week sound reasonable? Any tips for maximizing what's left of training time?