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Chuffed but worried


Hi Guys, after being ill for 9 days I went out for my first run again yesterday, legs were wobbly at first but when I got back into it I ran 4 miles in 48 minutes, not fast I know. I have entered a 10k this Saturday (first time fir me) and am worried that I will be the last too finish the run and make a right idiot of myself. What do you guys think? Am I too slow? Should I pull out? Cheers for advice.

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You are NOT an idiot, even if you are last which I don't think you will, the time you ran that 4 miles is not too slow, even if you run the 10k at that pace, I am sure you won't be last, certainly don't pull out, I wish you good luck on your forthcoming 10K this Saturday.

AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks so much for your encouraging words.


I think we all fear being last when we first start entering events. A quick look on the webpage for last years results will soon allay those fears. Many will be slower than you. For 10k runs the slowest runners normally come in around the 2 hour mark. You will be well under that.

AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to Whatsapp

Thanks so much for replying with encouraging words

Last schmast! a) I doubt you'll be last, 10k races attract all sorts of people, of all sorts of abilities—if it's anything like the ones I've done some poor soul dressed as a massive haggis for charity will be bringing up the rear, to rapturous applause. And b) even if you are, so what? You're still doing it, and you'll still have a great time. In truth these events are split into two categories, the tiny group of amazing people who win their categories, and a giant group comprising everyone else, equally amazing—all of whom are running with their own goals in mind. Most of those goals are probably 'finishing a 10k race'! After the podium, position really makes no difference at all and you'll feel amazing getting your 10k finisher medal whatever happens.

If you feel well then get your running shoes on and just have a brilliant day, enjoy achieving something most people don't get to experience. 😊

AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to Sqkr

Aw Sqkr a big thanks for your comments.


As long as it's not a Diamond League race, you'll be fine …… :-)

AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

I don’t believe that it is, thanks for replying.


No! Never! It’s fun! Be ready, be race fit etc, but this is always gonna be for the thrill of the chase Racing is really fun honestly! Who knew 😁. It’s not like we’re professionals is it 🤷‍♀️ Just go out there and have fun. You don’t have to be fast, you don’t have to be anything 🏃‍♀️👍😃

Start with a big smile across your face and hopefully you’ll still be wearing it at the end 👍😃🏃‍♀️

AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to misswobble

Thanks so much for your encouragement, appreciated fully.


Yay! respect to you for even entering such a thing.You're brilliant!

AgelesslassGraduate10 in reply to Empem

Thanks very much, I will try my best.

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