Don't get too excited by the title
It's been a few weeks now since graduation and I've run a few 5K distances in that time, so tonight I decided to start increasing my running distance beyond 5K.
It seems the general consensus is to increase your distance by no more than 10%. Mind you, last night I read an interesting article where the author cast some doubt over this 'rule' and put forward a good argument whereby some people can increase their distance by more than this without any ill effects.
Anyway, my plan tonight was to slow my pace right down and just concentrate on running 5.5K. Slowing my pace was harder to do than I'd thought and I could certainly feel the the effect in my calf muscles (apparently, running slower/taking shorter strides, works different muscles in the legs).
I managed to keep my pace at around a minute slower than I normally run and reached 5.5K without too much trouble. This is where I was naughty I felt I could run further so decided to continue on to 6K which I completed in 39min 10sec. I could have continued on but decided not to push my luck and called it a day.
I intend running this distance once a week for the next two, possibly three, weeks then look at increasing it again. Not the fastest time but that wasn't the point of the run tonight. I'm also hoping to start to include speed runs and strength/hill runs with the aim of reaching a distance of 10K. Fingers crossed