Hope everyone is well ;o)
As the title says really, I’m thinking of signing-up for my local 10K run at the end of August.
Initially I had thought it would be too early for me to even consider, however, its six weeks away and I’m really tempted to go for it.
Why the sudden change of mind? Well, last week I started incorporating ‘long/endurance’ runs into my weekly running activity and increased my distance from 5K to 6K. The aim of these runs is to increase my distance at a slower pace. Last night I increased it again from 6K to 7K (you were right, Ian, I couldn’t wait three weeks before increasing it ;o) ). Last night I felt very comfortable at the end of my 7K run and when looking at my split times (pic above) K7 was slightly faster than K1! Next week I intend increasing my distance to 8K, then the week after to 9K and finally to 10K the week after that. If I achieved that, then I would have three weeks until the actual 10K run.
I know the recommended increase should be no more than 10% but I’m feeling fine in these 1K increases. At the end of the day, I could always walk some of the route (but I would prefer not to) if I found the last couple of K hard work.
What do others think? Am I being over optimistic or will my current plan be fine? I have also incorporated strength/hill runs over the last week and this week I’ll be starting speed runs as well, both types of runs are of shorter distances than 5K.