What a smashing morning it's been! Two weeks ago I ran 10k for the first time, quite unexpectedly - I'd just gone for a slow, comfortable run to see if I could reach 8k as a training run, and I found myself able to keep going, and hit 10k in 1:16:33. I was so pleased with myself I signed up for a local 10k race, Run Jericho, in June. Last Monday I set out to make sure it wasn't a fluke, and tried running it with an average pace target in mind, and did it again, faster (or less slow, at least) in 1:12:31. Now I have it in mind to make Monday my 10k day.
I set out this morning not sure what shape I was in (4 runs in the last week, with Parkrun on Saturday and a long walk yesterday) with the sun shining and the temperature really nice. Again, I was running to an average pace - 7:30 to start with and see how I felt. After the first couple of K I'd got my rhythm going, and the pace seemed ok, around 7:25-7:30, then I noticed that my Garmin was telling me the pace was picking up, though I hadn't really noticed it. Looking at my splits afterwards, I could see that k3 was just over 7min pace, k4 slower at 7:24 (this must have been when I got to that pesky heavy iron kissing gate and theree were a group of Japanese tourists trying to work out how to get through it and I had to wait for them), k 5 and 6 were 7:11 and 7:01, then shockingly, my pace upped from k7 to 6:43, 6:40, 6:48 and 6:48. I was really pleased with myself that even though my legs were starting to feel a bit tired, I kept a good constant pace going.
Final time for the 10k was 1:10:29, so in consecutive weeks, it's gone down by around 4 and 2 minutes (6 in total. The myAsics plan I'm roughly following told me it would have me running 10k in 1:11:18 by 21st June!
I feel great, and I simply *loved* that run. I even put my tongue in my cheek and follwed the 10% increase rule by jogging on for another k!
My run - connect.garmin.com/modern/a...