Bridge to 10K
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A Bridge to soon?

A Bridge to soon?

Hi, there's a local 10K fire station run in our town at the end of the month. I'd love to give it a go but but I'm pretty ancient - I've done 16 Parkruns at around 32 minutes but never 10K. Looking at previous year's results the slowest is about 71 minutes. Do you think it's likely I'd be able to get myself ready in a month to not be too far behind the last runner?

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Hi grog, that's the first thing I look at, the previous years finish times.....😂...I'd be a bit scared of that, I run at a similar pace to you and my best 10k times are around 70 - 71 minutes.....and that's taken time to get there....

However, you have to remember most runs are raising money for charity, they are rarely only interested in the gazelles and racing snakes - although having some 'elites' attracted to your event always is us 'also rans' that make up the numbers! 😉 - and the money in the pot...

the general advice for improving distance is no more than 10% a week as any more could raise your risk of injury.......but there is nothing that says you 'have' to run it all.

If you want to do it, go for it, but don't pressure yourself to 'run' the whole distance, you will have to slow your 5k pace to get the extra distance.....

It's a great thing to give up your time and put effort in to support a cause, I'm no expert, but I would say, just go with your gut instinct, and you won't go far wrong.

Hope that helps.




How about a race plan? MyAsics is free, and it seems pretty good. If you like you can select to run just 2 days a week at what they call a "mild" pace (slower than your parkrun pace). You can input your basic details, and the race date, to get a prediction of your finishing time. The plan gets you running 10k pretty early, so be careful to listen to your body :)


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