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So today is week 2 of my training schedule to get up to a 10k race mid December. I went to the gym all hyped up after my successful park run on Saturday when I finished in 32.55.

Slow and steady was my mantra (I do listen oldfloss) and I set the speed slow with the thought that it took me just over 39 mins to run 5k last Monday easy peasy, that must be the right speed for 5.5k.

It was hard (and a bit boring although radio 4 did its best) and I was happy with the time (42.54) (the treadmill is a must I apologise) but now it’s 21.49pm and I’m tucked up in bed ready for sleep.

I am sooooo tired!! Is every longer run going to hit me like this? It’s taken every last ounce of energy out of me. Please tell me I’ll get stronger and when that might happen.

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That was just a crappy run. Some call them training runs when you have a bad one. I prefer crappy run. Your legs might just be a little tired still after putting in a good effort at your Parkrun. That happens to me sometimes. Happens to everyone. The next will be better, just keep saying that mantra to yourself. And guess what? The next one after all the crappy ones will be better😀.

Better to call them training runs.

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Yes, it does get better! You do get stronger, and you will get to the point where a 5k run is your go-to quick run for when you don't have much time. I promise.

But... it is going to take time and miles on your legs. Do you mix your runs up? Shorter, slightly faster runs, hilly runs, intervals? You don't need to do all of these every week but variety in your runs will help you build your stamina. And it's more fun!


The plan is to mix up my runs so that I’m always getting new experiences.

It just surprised me how much more tired I was last night compared to Saturday even though I’d only run 1/2 km further and much slower.

I’m looking forward to the time when a 5k is my go to run 😀

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It takes time after graduating from C25K to get really comfortable at that distance, and the training for 10k will build on that. Are you using a particular programme or just adding a bit more distance each week. I liked the Sammi Murphy podcasts as although they went back to intervals, the running intervals were longer and I felt like I was covering the time (1 hour) if not the distance a bit like in C25K where every run is around 30mins even in the early weeks when most of it is walking.

Anyway, I'm sure you know what your doing. Hope your legs feel less tired tomorrow.

Mine are aching like anything after I accidentally ran 13km this morning. I was only intending to do 8 or 9.

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I’ve got 11 weeks or so until the race and I’m not concerned about how long the 10k actually takes me.

I’m not following any plan, I’ve read loads of posts on here looking for advice and that’s why I’ve gone with this schedule which is one longer run a week, hopefully extending it by .5k every time, 1 x 30 min run when I can take it easy or speed up depending on how I feel, then a park run on Saturdays. I’m also planning on going to the gym on one of the rest days to do anything but running.

I still feel a little tired today but no stiffness, my legs and feet feel absolutely fine.

How do you manage to accident run 13k?


I was only intending to run about 8km(having done a 10K Race for Life last Sunday, 12.5k on Wednesday and 8.5k on Sunday and a 6km walk. But I was away in Wiltshire for a long weekend and had gone to Bradford on Avon, which is beautiful. I was so absorbed in running I hadn't realised that I'd changed Mapmyrun to not give any verbal feedback, and when I stopped to check I had gone 7km, so turned round and ran back.

Madness. ;-)



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