Mixing up my runs and a new PB 😊: So...what... - Bridge to 10K

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Mixing up my runs and a new PB 😊

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So...what do do for my Thursday run? I already did a 5K on Tuesday, which was supposed to be a slow run and turned out not quite as I’d planned. I’m going on a long, slow run on Saturday, so I didn’t want to push myself too hard this morning.

I remembered that some weeks ago I went on a 2K run, just to work on pace and to try and beat my 1K PB. Maybe it was time to give that another go! Decision made, I do my dynamic exercises and off I go. Not too worried about wearing a jacket, I knew I wouldn’t be out for long πŸ˜€. I love the freedom of this decision making about my runs!

The last time I did this it was because I was experiencing a significant improvement in my pace, largely due to my long, slow runs. So I wanted to measure it over a shorter distance. Kilometre times for that 2K run were 6:37 and 6:43 respectively. I’ve always been one of the slower runners on here, but I like to think I can have the occasional burst of speed if I want! πŸ˜€

Well, I’ve definitely speeded up since that run. New PB for 1K of 6:10. Very pleased with that! Quite respectable. You may say that I can’t maintain it and you would be right! I can’t maintain it. YET πŸ˜‚

Oh, and Garmin LOVES that short run! My VO2 Max shot up. I’m in the top 10% for my age and gender and my fitness age is 35, that’s over 30 years younger than my actual age. (Note to self: check whether I lied about my age when setting up Garmin 😊.)


6:22, 6:10

Pic taken last year of the washes in full flood at sunrise, showing the flooded road.

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Amazing times. You’re going from strength to strength. That HM is getting closer and closer for you. Your progress is very inspiring.

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Hareshaw-Granny

Thank you! I was distracted by the Vitality 10,000, but now working towards that HM again. I need to do a few more 10 mile runs before I attempt it. 😊

I think it's so good for us when we can see some progression. These short zippy ones are the perfect partner for the long slow ones. A bit like Morecambe and Wise! Eric is the fast run and Ernie the long slow one πŸ˜„

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to GTFC

I know it πŸ˜€, but I still felt a bit of a fraud walking back to my house after 12 odd minutes! I imagine the Time Spent Running monitor looking at his watch in despair and shaking his head sadly πŸ˜€

I did enjoy that short run, though. Nothing like a run to really get your heart rate going, but one that is over quite soon; really blows the cobwebs away and doesn’t leave you exhausted.

GTFC in reply to Jools2020

I'd suggest running fast like that and recording it on your device then slow recover jog home under a new run. I did a quite fast 5k the other week and stopped my Garmin then started it again for a very slow (12 min mile pace) jog back home. What do you think? Two runs this way and it helps you recover too.

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to GTFC

That sounds like a really good idea. I’ll try that next time!


A nice quick 2k jools,

You could make a coffee, go out and run, then come back and drink it 😁

And I wonder how low that fitness in age will go ?

It's like ' The curious case of Benjamin button' πŸ˜‚

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Instructor57

It’s funny you should say that, I did exactly that! Coffee was perfect when I got back πŸ˜‚.

Haha, yes, I’ve seen that film.

Hedgehogs123Graduate10 in reply to Instructor57

Haha, love that film. Might watch it again at the weekend now you've reminded me!!πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Instructor57Graduate10 in reply to Hedgehogs123


nowster in reply to Instructor57

Not seen it. It's available on one of the net services... added to my list.

Instructor57Graduate10 in reply to nowster

It's worth a watch ! πŸ˜πŸ‘


Great short, super speedy run there!

It's lodged an idea in my head for a weekly lunchtime run in the woods behind the house that wont be too rushed πŸ˜πŸ˜€

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

There’s nothing to say what the minimum distance should be for a run! 2K is perfect for a lunchtime run. πŸ˜€


What a great run and a great time! I've been feeling lately like my short runs have been getting slower rather than faster but I am trusting the coaches and sticking with the plan! Will go for the 10k this weekend and then hopefully follow in your tracks for some speedy shorts! Congrats again on the PBs!

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to NetCadet

Thank you! You might surprise yourself with the speedy shorts πŸ˜€

How many points did Mr Garmin's score change by today? πŸ“ˆ

I'm currently on 41 "Good" for VO2Max. It did dip as low as 37 in August.

PS. Another cracking photo. πŸ“·

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to nowster

It only went up 2 points to 37 and was already in the β€˜excellent’ range. But my fitness age went down by 7 years. Amazing after just one run πŸ˜‚.

Thanks 😊

Vinchie13 in reply to nowster

Have been looking at the Vo2 max settings on my Garmin and your rate of 41 is in the Superior range....? Mine is at 28 and says my age fitness is 71 utterly confused

nowster in reply to Vinchie13

The ranges depend on how old you tell Garmin you are.

I'm 52, so a VO2Max score of 41 gains me a "Good" and a fitness age of 42.

Vinchie13 in reply to nowster

Oh I see, thought it was a standardised setting. New to technology.

Still must work on fitness because I’m no where near 71!!!


nowster in reply to Vinchie13

There's a table here:


But, apparently, the watch also factors in your weight too.

Vinchie13 in reply to nowster

Thanks nowster, the chart made my Vo2 max look better.


Great Jools2020 you doing really well πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to MccHa

Thanks MccHa! πŸ˜€


Gorgeous photo! Know what you mean about the short runs. I'm due to do a 4km tonight, and with all the effort of getting my nice warm clothes off to put on my running gear, I always feel once out I'm cheating if it's a tiny run, but maybe I could use the time to speed up a bit rather than my normal slow pace which had been getting more like a snail pace lately! πŸ˜πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Hedgehogs123

I know exactly what you mean, but I realised that I felt good about that short run. GTFC suggested that I incorporated a slow jog as well as a different run and I’m going to try that next time (although I was done after that speedy second km!) πŸ˜€


You are getting pretty speedy now! All that training is paying off! Well done.

I can't bring myself to be as organised as you!

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Roxdog

Thanks, Roxdog! Truth is, it helps to focus my mind away from other things! I have too much time. Hopefully when I get my bike it will help even more 😘

RoxdogGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Hope your bike arrives soon! (Ps, just run my 1st 20 miles- posted on the marathon forum)

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Roxdog

CONGRATULATIONS ! So happy for you



That’s fantastic Jools! Go you!πŸ˜„

Gorgeous photo too.

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Elfe5

Thank you πŸ™


Sounds like an uplifting run today Jools 😁 I'm struggling with the 4k run myself and have decided to do 2k jog followed by interval training which seems to take me to 2k atm - can't contemplate doing it the other way round πŸ˜‚ sounds like great fun doing a speedy k or two - well done you - great stats!!! 😁

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Littleoyellow

Thanks! Interval training really wears me out lol! 😊


What a lovely picture. And well done on the PB!

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Magellan

Thanks very much! 😊


Brilliant pace today! Well done! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Seeing your progress is inspiring to all πŸ‘ŒπŸ’•

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Tinytears60

Thank you, TT! Always appreciate your support πŸ’•

Hi Julia,

Wow that is fantastic well done, on your new PB that is a lot faster, such amazing times. All your hard work is certainly paying off you must be so delighted with that, so great to be able to see your progress.

Lol! I love the update on your fitness age, take it and run!! I Must say I would not have put you in your β€œactual” age group you look a lot younger!

Well done


Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to 9weeks2Run

Aaaw, thank you, Rebecca; you’ve made my day 😊

I was so pleased with that PB, even for just 1K, it’s faster than I thought I would ever be able to run!

I do probably prefer to go on my long, slow runs but it’s nice to know that sometimes I can be speedy!


9weeks2Run in reply to Jools2020

Ah it is true and you are doing so amazing With your running amazing how far you can run, you are inspiring me so much!!


Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to 9weeks2Run

Thank you - and don’t forget, you are doing some inspiring yourself with your super fast 5K run today!

9weeks2Run in reply to Jools2020

Many thanks Julia!

This is great, check us out making new PBs!!!

Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Kish247

Indeed! Well done for yours πŸ‘πŸ˜€

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