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10K IN TWO HALVES!!!

10K IN TWO HALVES!!!

Hey people,

I had the most delicious run today - my third of the week. Having returned from hilly Cornwall I am back to my local flat terrain - PRAISE DA LORD!!!

The sun was shining when I set off this morning and I decided to go in the opposite direction to my usual Thames Path route. This would be towards Kew Bridge - which coincidentally is 5K from my house. I figured I'd tear along the Thames, get to 5K, have a stretch and a rest and then fire up the rocket boosters for home again! I crossed the river at Richmond Lock and jogged across the footbridge. As I descended the steps I saw a guy in a baseball cap running the way I was gonna go. "I'll pass him, no probs!" said my over confident brain.....

I followed this geezer for 4K and just could NOT catch him up. He must have been doing the same pace as me cos he got no further away and I got no closer to him! Suddenly there was a chance!!! Baseball Hat Man had stopped and was rubbing his left shin. This was gonna be my chance to sail past him like a pathetic version of Mo Farah and I was getting closer. Eventually I was approaching him and he was still rubbing his shin like billy-o, but I wasn't bothered - I was away!

However, just as I passed him he got up and started to run again. "Oh crap!" I thought. I'd been tonking along at a fair old pace at this point (my cadence is now around 180'ish) and I didn't want the swine passing me!! I stepped on the gas. Kew Bridge was still a kilometre away. My cadence got more swift and I kept upright and as light as I could be, trying to land on midfoot for maximum speed'age. I must have shaken him off cos I couldn't hear the footfall behind me and in any case, there was Kew Bridge in front of me. I jogged underneath and on for a short distance until 5K beeped on Gertie Garmin. I stopped and puffed and blew and generally dripped sweat like a menopausal hippoptamus. It was time to stretch, but first a quick look at Garminista! 27'27 it said for the 5K so far. Pretty good in my book, but I needed to stretch my hamstrings and quads. I did this until my heart rate fell back to relatively normal beatings and then I saw this bench. It beckoned to me like some sort of "bench angel" and I walked over and sat, looking at the birds on the river and the tube trains crossing the railway bridge to Kew Gardens. Another hamstring stretch was to be had (gentle enough to let them know I was caring about them!).

Anyway, baseball hat man must have turned off before I stopped cos there was no sign of him. It was time to head home and bash out the next 5. K6 was good but by K7 I was struggling. The effort put in to avoid Baseball Hat Man passing me had almost finished me off and I slowed to a crawl, eventually deciding to walk for a bit. This I did until I got my breath back and off i went again. A song came on in my headphones which makes me run to the beat - and here I was doing exactly that despite being knackered! I figured the song was about 4 minutes so I would keep the pace up until the next song then slow down. The song ended, but unfortunately for me, the next song also had a "run to the beat" feel to it. I did it again and forced myself to keep up with it but I was tiring again and had to succumb to a walk break. No matter. I'm happy with the occasional walk break because it gets the body and mind "reset" so to speak. It wasn't long before I reached the footbridge over the Thames again and then I headed home. Waiting for garmin to beep 10K took aaaaaaaaaages!! But it eventually did at 57 mins 03 seconds. I slowed to a hobble like walk pace and said "Oh GOD!" out loud!!!

So there be the tale of my run along the Thames which at some points looked exactly like a green tunnel it's so overgrown in parts. The sun coming through made it look ever so inviting to run along though.

Hope you all had splendido runs today. Keep it steady. And keep it real innit?!!

Yer pal

Dan.

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Nice to see you back and nice story

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Thank you so much CF!

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You see I am lucky that in Italy fellow runners are so rare, I only have to overtake squirrels. And let's be honest they don't seem to care. But In November am back in town, and there's loads of baseball hat men and women around. I think I may end up succumbing to baseball hat pressure..You slowed to a crawl and did 10k'in under an hour. please tell me that's not really a crawl? Lovely description of your run and yes just a bit flatter than Cornwall....

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Well it WAS a crawl....(but the running bits more than made up the time!!!). Prepare yourself for Baseball Hat Pressure. It is coming your way. Soon!

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It would've been good if Mr Baseball Cap had jumped up just as you ran past and you would have both been running at the same pace in some sort of socially awkward race ;)

Anyway an amazing run. I like that people like you post on here- gives me confidence that this is a life long habit that I am forming. Some day I will do 10k (but no way in that kind of time!)

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Helen daaaaarling! Let me tell you something (and IonoddaTruffe and Juicy Ju will concur) - I started this journey in 2013 - I was 50. I was unfit and an utter shower to my generation! I did C25K cos my assistant at work told me about it. I graduated. I dreamed of doing 10K......it would never ever ever ever happen. I opined about this on this very forum and both those peeps I mentioned said "Dan, you will. One day."

Guess what? It took me a year, but I did it. .......4 years fast forward........

Now I do 10K as a standard run. It IS LONG (don't think it's not) but my body has got so used to running 3 times per week that it's no longer a task. It's still a challenge however, but an enjoyable one. You too will eat from the 10K Cake!!! Have patience and belief.....

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Thanks Dan

On a good day I believe (and I have (once) run 8k) but on a bad day I wonder if I might EVER get there. But yes, I take comfort in these posts and the running stories ahead :)

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Boom! Boom! Dan😊

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You don't like being overtaken, do you? And you like a challenge! I ran my 6k this morning, nice and slow with my heart rate in zone 3 (sometimes towards the end in 4, but never 5!). And it is soooo good to be able to run a 4, 5 or 6k before breakfast. And then a 10, 12, 14 or even 16k at the weekend as I want. Not always, but mostly. I love this running lark!

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Sounds like a wonderful run Dan - you are always so self-deprecating but your times don't lie, I'm afraid....we know you are quite the speedster really!😀

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Phew.. well I'm exhausted!!! Go you!

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you must have been in Cornwall when I was at Kew Bridge. I live in Devon and to find somewhere flat to run is tough. I did envy the runners going over and under Kew Bridge. It looks a good place to run.

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