I posted recently about not really having a structure to my postgraduate running. What I did was to pick a notional 10k race - one that exists but I haven't entered for and probably won't - and set up a myAsics training plan to be prepared for it. So, the plan says it's preparing me for a 1:10 10k on 9th July. the next run in the plan was to do an 8.05k jog at a pace of 10:14min/k, which I set out to do this morning.
I was doubtful that I could run that slowly, and certainly doubtful about the 8.05K - my furthest distance to date was 5.6km.
I set off, jogging as slowly as I could without it feeling too awkward, but it was too fast. I concentrated on a slow, relaxed rhythm and eventually managed to get there. It felt comfortable and very easy - no heavier breathing, the only thing I did notice was that I was feeling tightness in my calves, probably because it was an unfamiliar shape to my running. The first k was 7:31, then the second was 8:18, which was close to what I was aiming for. I started to feel really good about how easy this was, and I was enjoying the run in a different way to normal. I'd joined two previous runs together to get the sort of distance I needed, and by this time I'd moved on to my Thames towpath/Christ Church meadow route. The running rhythm seemed constant and consistant, and I felt like I could run for ever. As I got to the end of k7, I started to contemplate the idea of carrying on. I did. Up Cowley Road, then rambling circuits of the local streets.
Previously, my furthest run was 5.6km, and on that run ran for the longest time I'd done - 39:14
Today....... *cue fanfare* ... I ran 10km in 1:16:35!!!!
I really am flabergasted. Without wanting to sound cocky, it felt easy, and I could have run on for longer, which, looking back just ten weeks to when I did W1R1, seems miraculous!
It's clearly about pace. I've learned a lesson today.
My run - connect.garmin.com/modern/a...