Well, I actually ran a total distance of 10K last Saturday, 2nd August, but I have only just got round to posting about it ;o)
As some of you may know, I had been increasing my weekly distance by 1K a week, the target being to reach the magic 10K. I managed that and reached a distance of 8K a couple of weeks ago. That meant last Saturday should have seen me increase from 8 to 9K but I was also contemplating carrying on to 10K depending on how I felt. My intention that day was to keep my pace around the 6.30 min/km mark which is a comfortable pace for me. I reached 9K and felt I could push on, which I did, and managed the 10K in 1:04:32. I was aiming for a time of under 1:05:00 so I was happy with that and allowed myself a little smile and a whispered ‘yesssss’ ;o)
Today, 9th August was my second 10k run as part of my build-up for the Middlesbrough Tees Pride 10K organised run on 31st August, which I've signed up for It was forecast to be a hot day so I was on the road by 09.30 this morning. The first few K were taken fairly easily but after about the 5K mark my body seemed to be telling me it could run slightly faster so I ended up increasing my pace to around the 6 min/k mark. Weirdly, this sort of happened naturally i.e. my body just seemed to find its own, natural pace. Up until then I was consciously keeping my pace at around the 6.30 min/k mark. I started to think that I should just start trusting what my body was telling me rather than trying to force myself to run at a slower pace. Maybe this is what is meant when people say, 'listen to your body'?
Anyway, for the next half of the run I managed to keep to around the 6 min/k mark which felt quite comfortable, so much so that I managed to up my pace for the last half K or so and finish quite strongly. My Garmin told me that I had also achieved a PB at 1:04:14, that's 18 seconds quicker than last week. Yipppeeee ;o)
I’ll probably run another 10K distance next weekend but I think that will be the last one I do until my official 10K run two weeks after on the 31st August. I will, of course, carry on with my interval, hill and 5K runs during the week.
Hope everyone is feeling good and that you are all reaching your goals, too. It’s great this C25K isn’t it ;o)