Pace Setter: Weeks since graduated CT5K, I... - Bridge to 10K

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Pace Setter


Weeks since graduated CT5K, I have comfortably moved to 6K three times per week and it feels fine, the body likes it. I read your advise and have extended two of the weekly runs where I go long and quite slow, approx 7min per km, and one where I defy physics and storm through 5k in 27-28 mins, gasping for oxygen.

Today I heard that some of us use dogs for pace setters (only when I run away from them), so I decided to run with my kid, for fun. I will never do it again. He, being a competitive swimmer, just took off and left me watch him disappear only to overlap me a few minutes later. And again. So much for the pace setting......

Anyway, thank you again for your advise with 'listen to your body & go slow' being my top favourites - 10K target does not look daunting at all ;)

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What most of us do is to just extend one run per week as the long run and to keep the increase of that run to within 10% of the total weekly distance. It is only a guide but stops you from pushing too hard too soon, which is a common cause of injury, especially amongst new graduates.

mrrunGraduate10 in reply to IannodaTruffe

Cheers! I will make sure I follow that - I can get injured at will, or at least have done in the past.


Oh yes, 'slow and steady-ish' but NEVER run with sporty kids! Not good for the self esteem! 😉

Good point from IannodaTruffe - I turned one of my runs in to my weekly long run. Good luck on your journey to 10k🙂

mrrunGraduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you Sandra, will keep you posted! My son decided it was too boring for him to parade with me so won't be joining again. Solitary steady slow pace with good music, here I come ;)


Aaargh, running with kids, devastating! :D You'll get up to 10k no problem, but nice and steadily so you can maintain it. I know it's really boring that we're all telling you to take it steadily - but the reason is that we speak from bitter experience!

mrrunGraduate10 in reply to Anniemurph

Not at all! I stopped getting injured when I started listening to you. Steady is good, my body loves it :) When I was galloping around the park and my knee and ankle flared up, the lesson was learned ;)

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