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NRC ‘Another 10K Run’

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I woke up this morning determined to run. I was thinking 10K would be good, so looked at the Nike Run Club guided runs and chose ‘Another 10K Run’.

On my warm up walk, disaster! I reached to sort out my watch and realised I had forgotten it! So walked back home to get it. I didn’t want to retrace my steps to the lane by the riverbank where I usually run 2K, to add to my 8K loop. Never mind, I’ll run up the infamous Deadend Track instead! But no - I was almost there and saw that the barking dogs were being walked there, which would mean I’d have to run past them twice. So - I headed out of the village on my 8K loop. The distance gremlin started talking in my ear. 😈 “You can stop at 8K. You had such a bad day yesterday. It will be fine! Do 8K, then go home and make coffee!” I drop kicked him into a passing pickup truck, deciding to add the 2K after I’d run back into the village.

I enjoyed this guided run. I’m getting used to Coach Bennett now, and I like the way he encourages you to consider things. At the start of the 4th km, he said ‘Run for 500 metres as if you were running your 8th km’. It messed up my splits, of course, as I increased pace 😬; but I was making a huge effort to let the run ebb and flow in a natural way, and trying not to focus on the splits.

I had even decided not to speed up for the last km, but Coach Bennett had other ideas! 😀. He encouraged me to focus on my form, relaxed shoulders, unclenched hands and to increase pace without too much increased effort. I did this and finished strong. It was a good run 👍

Image. Memory of Springtime - ‘Bee fly feeding on forget-me-not’

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that picture is utterly superb, thank you for it x :-)

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to changing-woman

Thank you 😊. They are funny little insects, zipping about everywhere. I was lucky to get that shot.

you did brilliantly!

Beatlesforever profile image

Yay very well done 👏👏👏 coach Bennett definitely knows what he's doing but you still have to put in the effort 😃 fantastic run, you can now relax and enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🤗

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Beatlesforever

Thank you Beatles; yes, I will 😊

'All is well!'

Loved reading this 😊😊😊

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to

😊 Thank you, Hidden. The ebbing and flowing was down to you. It was a new experience and I liked it!

JoePhoto profile image

Jools, Not bad, not bad at all!😉👍

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to JoePhoto

Thank you, Joe 😀. Good to see you on here!

Roxdog profile image

Well done you! These NRC runs sound good, I keep meaning to try one, but tend to default to my music.

Another 10k under your belt! I love the way 10ks are feeling comfortable now, as they must be for you too!

Take care.🤗

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Roxdog

I can’t quite believe it, but they are! 😀

I’m going through a ‘no music’ phase. It seems to suit me right now 😊

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RoxdogGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

I know what you mean. When I got to my favourite part of my run this morning the music went off for 20 minutes, just the rain, the sound of the breeze and the birds - just perfect!

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Roxdog

How lovely!

Also, when I do the guided runs, I like to focus on what’s being said and think about it during the gaps. 😊

in reply to Jools2020

I love the way you are discovering yourself more now. It's so lovely to witness. You are enough!

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Instructor57 profile image

Good run Jools , especially if you had a bad day yesterday !

Always nice to get another 10k under your belt 👍😁

Well done 👏👏👏

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Instructor57

Thanks, Ian! 😊 Have to look forward, now 😄

Got to try this coach Bennett. Might be nice to mix it up a bit.

Gremlins though..... ❌ Make us do all kinds of stuff ✅

Well done Jools x

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Plattszo

Thanks, Plattszo! Yes, give coach Bennett a try 😀

Catho78 profile image

Well done, sounds like a good run, and you beat those gremlins! Love the idea of letting the run ebb and flow, will try this more, trying to ignore pace and run comfortably like I could run all day. Pace will get better with miles on legs so they say. Thanks for posting, happy running 🏃🏽‍♀️👍

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Catho78

Yes! The ebb and flow was a helpful hint from GTFC and I loved it! Coach Bennett also had me speed up and back off during the run - reinforcing the ebb and flow. Happy running to you, too! 👍

9weeks2Run profile image

Yaay well done you on running another 10K!!!

Omg glad you were able to go back and get your watch.

I am sorry you had a bad day yesterday, I hope today is better.

Well done for not listening to that pesky gremlin 😈 and completing your 10k as planned, I hope you enjoyed your well earned coffee and you did not make one for the 😈!!!

Your guided run sounds brilliant Coach Bennett sounds great, well done for finishing strong, getting out there, not listening to the 😈 and enjoying your 10K run.

Beautiful image, thank you for sharing.

Take care

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to 9weeks2Run

Thank you, Rebecca! Today is better, starting with a run😀

It was a relaxed run at 1hr 26min, just letting it ebb and flow, but finishing strong. I missed the rain, it’s really dark here and pouring now! Have a nice weekend - Julia

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9weeks2RunGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Hi Julia,

So glad to hear that. Sounds a great run.

Great that you missed the rain. I went out for a walk first thing this morning before doing the food shopping. Same here in London so dark.

You too


Birdlady64 profile image

Sounds like you had another good run this morning Julia. I'm glad you are having a better day today.

Its nice to run without music - I've been doing that quite a bit lately, although I don't know if I would like to go as far as 10k without any. I like the NRC runs too, although I wasn't so keen on the Thank You run I used today.

That photo is simply stunning. We get a lot of those bee-flies in the garden during summer. They are fantastic creatures.

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

Thank you, Diane. The bee flies are lovely! Difficult trying to follow them with a camera 😬

Littleoyellow profile image

Great job getting rid of the distance gremlin this morning Jools 👿 and I'm going to remember your drop kicking technique next time I meet him on a run. I can't do negative splits yet but try to keep my shoulders down and hands unclenched. Hope you are having a better day- focus on that great run! 🏃‍♀️😁👍

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Littleoyellow

Thank you! I’m just discovering that on longer runs negative splits aren’t necessarily the answer 😂

Littleoyellow profile image

There's more than one way to approach most things 😁 and flexibility is key- I always enjoy reading about your runs and learning from your experiences 😁🤗

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Littleoyellow

You’re absolutely right 😀 We can take the experiences of other runners on here and learn from them. Love this forum!

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LittleoyellowGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Me too! You're an inspiration Jools 👍

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Littleoyellow

Thank you so much 😊

MccHa profile image

Wow, fantastic run Jools2020 👏👏👏well done...

10K was a long distance for us back in May now, just ‘Another 10K Run’ 😂😂😂

Thanks for sharing the lovely photo 👍 I’m copying you and Instructor57 / Ian by using NRC guided runs , prefer it with no music for a change...

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to MccHa

Thanks MccHa 😊

You’re right! I never thought that 10K would be my usual Saturday run. Amazing how far we’ve come!

Try the guided runs - no music gives your mind space to think! 👍

misswobble profile image

Love Coach Bennett 🥰

Stick with him and you won’t go far wrong 😃👍

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to misswobble

Couldn’t agree more 😊

Week7 profile image

Congratulations on your great run.

I always look forward to your posts and amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing.

I use NRC to get stats for all my runs but have never tried a guided run_must give it a go!

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Week7

Thank you so much!

I had the NRC app for ages without trying the guided runs. I just listened to music. It’s certainly worth giving one a go. The headspace ones are really good and I tried some of those first.

JayJay_ profile image

Thanks for sharing Jools 😊

I’ve always used very upbeat music to get me going faster but I’ve been thinking of changing to slower calmer music, or switching it off altogether ... so you have inspired me to try this. My focus has changed from trying to run a faster 5K to running slower and appreciating my surroundings 😊

I love coach Bennett and I can very nearly run 10K now so I’m looking forward to using these guided runs very soon.

Thanks again Jools 😊

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to JayJay_

Thanks, JayJay. I’m so pleased that I have inspired you 😊. It’s funny how how our focus can change. Running more slowly makes it much more enjoyable for me. I know you are very close to 10K, you are doing amazingly well! 👏👏👏👍

Frizzbomb67 profile image

What a palava to get going! 🤦🏻‍♀️

Well done for sticking with it and soldiering on. Sounds like a good run after all though. Loving a bit of Coach B myself but I do like my music in the gaps. I had a music malfunction last week and 30 mins felt like a very long run!

Have a great day! It’s pouring here too now 🌧. Great pic too 😮 xx

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Frizzbomb67

It was a palaver! I’m usually much more organised. For some reason I just don’t want the music right now, I’m sure I’ll go back to it 😊

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