10k - Can't see me going further .....yet - Bridge to 10K

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10k - Can't see me going further .....yet

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Planned a 10k this morning and woke up to heavy rain showers but decided to do it any way as once the dreaded term time comes I'll have to fit in runs when I can what ever the weather.

Did a circuit running along the Thames on the way out and back along the canal listening to an Inspector Morse drama (fortunately no drowning or joggers discovering bodies in this one). This was always going to be a slow and steady run.

Enjoyed the route despite the drizzle that set in for much of the time and was happy with the pace especially as I wasn't using music to drive it. However my legs felt a bit tight towards the END and the steep steps exiting the canal at around 9k were cruel.

All in all a lovely pootle - though I don't think that I'm ready to start pushing the distance ...... yet (never let it be said I don't have a growth mindset πŸ˜‚). I have never yet had that feeling of having a bit left in the tank at the end of 10k - though I recover quickly and don't feel totally wiped out. Still happy for now anyway.

Happy running everyone 😊.

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That’s an excellent run and another 10km! Dweck would be proud of you! πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

DebJogsOn in reply to BrianUK

She should be - those bloody steps needed a lot of positive thinking I can tell you! πŸ˜‚

BrianUKGraduate10 in reply to DebJogsOn



Grow your running as it pleases you πŸ™‚. Enjoying it is the Thing! πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

DebJogsOn in reply to misswobble

Indeed it is 😊.


Well done! I'm not looking forward to the dreaded term starting! I've really enjoyed being able to run in the mornings, but won't manage that very often after next week! I'm hoping I'll be able to maintain my regular runs when we return, not a nice thought though, enjoyed my summer too much!

DebJogsOn in reply to Abaggs

I've had a really good summer but work has started to work itself into the back of my head this week.

I can really only run in the evening during the week once we're back (which gets a bit monotonous once it starts to get dark early on) so I 'm making the most of summer running at the moment. Come the autumn I'll be planning weekend long runs in lovely places to make up for the toddles I'll have to take on street lit pavements in the week.

Hope your returns isn't too grim 😊.


Well done you! And please don't feel any pressure to increase your distance. What you are doing is already fantastic, and you will find the new term time challenging, I'm sure, especially fitting in the runs.

My 10k route also has a nasty sting in the tail in terms of a muddy hill at about 9k, though mine is a hill up to rejoin the canal. Like you, I feel pretty pooped at the end, but do recover quickly.

Enjoy the rest of your summer break!!

Neil :)

DebJogsOn in reply to Hidden

Thanks Neil. No pressure felt - I just find it interesting that on runs upto 10k I often feel I could do a bit more and thought I might start to feel that with 10k eventually - but haven't up to now.

And you're right the stresses of the new term will arrive soon enough and running will almost certainly need to be a refuge rather than another challenge!


No pressure to go further, entirely up to you πŸ‘πŸ˜‰

Crazy how soon we forget how hard the initial 30 mins or 5k target was!

We've all come such a long way already πŸ˜πŸ…

DebJogsOn in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Yes- I can't believe how impossible 5k used to feel.

Definitely no pressure- I'll run what makes me happy 😊.


Is that the Bridge by the Trout at Wolvercote? I can’t read the map with my old lady eyes and can’t find my stronger glasses ( I think the cat might be sitting on them but she doesn’t want to move).

I’m stuck on 12.5k. I was edging further, then the fatigue hit me and I’ve slowed right down and get knackered by longer runs.

DebJogsOn in reply to FlickM3

12.5k! Don't think I have that in me - at least not for the foreseeable future!

It's the bridge by the car Park in Wolvercote. I parked there then ran from the Trout down the Thames, from Botley Rd upto the Canal and back up to Wovercote Lock. I though part way all g the canal I could have cut across from the rivet rather than go right up to Botley To but I guess the distance would have been a nice convenient 10k then.

Just seen your post about your trip to the GP - hope all is ok.

FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to DebJogsOn

You run really fast which is maybe why you find longer runs tiring. I have no choice but to run slowly so I manage to run further.

I went to my GP because of the 12k run in the heat where I nearly passed out when I stopped. She’s almost certain it was lack of fluids, but she’s booked blood tests and ECG just to be absolutely certain 😊

Thought it was Wolvercote 😊

DebJogsOn in reply to FlickM3

It doesn't feel very fast πŸ˜‚

FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to DebJogsOn

My run today was done at 9.13min/k. When I’m not so tired, I might manage a little under 9 on a longer run. Going downhill on a short run, I’ve reached the heady heights of about 6.5min/k average. This is rare and has not been seen for some weeks due to fatigue. I once hit 5.5 but that was an utter fluke never to be seen again!


Sounds like a lovely run ... I like the idea of a little Inspector Morse on the run ( although I have a new favourite sound track I have posted about further up!). πŸ™‚

DebJogsOn in reply to Sandraj39

I love a radio drama on a leisurely run but I mix up what I listen to using audiofuel stuff if I'm trying to push the pace a bit, my own playlists, the Archers omnibus - anything so I can't hear myself gasping for breath πŸ˜‚). Sometimes if I'm really struggling to get going I still use the C25K+ podcasts as Laura telling me what to do is like throwing on a comfort blanket.

Your Hamilton listening made me smile - I ran a 10k once listening to Jesus Christ Superstar as I wanted to check out if there were any songs we could use with the school choir!

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