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Unexpected 10K

I went for a Stamina run this morning and conditions were perfect, just cold enough to keep me cool, but not enough to make extremities ache. I breezed though the podcast and decided to round it up to to a 5 miler by running 0.6 miles between 2 gates a few times.

When Robo-Laura piped up at 5 miles I had knocked a mighty 22 seconds off my 5 mile PB (now 53:01) and I was still feeling great so I carried on to do 6.27 miles with a 10K time of 1:06:33, woo-hoo!

I'm still planning on doing my 10K river run on Sunday, but I think that I'll enjoy it more knowing that I can do it.

I'm also pleased that my lap times were all between 9:41 and 11:19 so I'm getting better at keeping to a pace.

Best of all though is that I now have 1010 calories in the bank which I need as it is a colleague's birthday and tonight is take-away night - nom-nom ;-)

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Good to reach your first 10K, Matt! Good to keep a nice, steady pace too.

I'm resting for a few days due to injury, but am still a bit frustrated about my pacing. I feel it's still all over the place - except for my lsd run when I can keep to the same, slow pace - despite using the Stamina podcast. I think this is partly because it is so hilly here. I'd really like to test myself on a 10 km - or even 5 km - level route.


What have you done to yourself? I don't have to contend with hills, but I'm off to St David's next week and I am interested to see what the more rugged terrain will do to my times and distance. I'm even flirting with the idea of running up here which is the site of an ancient discount supermarket known for its reasonable running gear.


I explain my gyp knee here:

So attempting a hill run, eh? Sea level to 181m is a fair climb - a good workout in fact!


Enjoy your well deserved takeaway! And good luck with the 10K!


Enjoy it you've earned it! Well done - I know how good it feels as I did my first 10k today too in a similar time to you!


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