1st 10k race

So I did my first 10k race today at the Leeds Abbey Dash. I completed it in 53:16.

I made the right choice of pacing myself at the start. Everyone seemed to start too quickly but I knew id be knackered if I continued at that pace. I was justified when I started over taking people just before the half way mark and then was passing loads of people from the 7km mark onwards.

The bottom of my right foot is a bit painful now though. Will have to rest it up and hope it improves for my next session on Tuesday!


Featured Content

Join the NHS Couch to 5K community

Couch to 5K has been designed to get you off the couch and running 5km in just 9 weeks

Start today!

Featured by HealthUnlocked

12 Replies

  • well done Mark that's a fab time! first of many?

  • Yes certainley is! Ive got an offroad duathalon lined up in 2 weeks time. Hope I havnt bit off more than I can chew!

  • Congratulations and a great time! I'm hoping to get to 10k by the end of the year but won't be anywhere near as fast. Have a well deserved rest and take good care of those precious feet!

  • Me neither! My first 10k in October was 74 mins but was cross country....based on my 5 mile time last week probably looking at 65 mins on the road...i dream of breaking 60 mins

  • Ive bought a few mp3s from audiofuel. They seem to have worked a treat and have taught me how to pace myself! I think the abbey dash is a fast race as well. It's just straight out of the city and back with few hills and no obstacles. To be honest Id much rather be trail running but I thought Id give it a go

  • What a great time, I'm ever so slightly envious ;-)

    Stick a small bottle of water in the freezer and, once it is frozen, roll it under your sore foot to ice and gently stretch at the same time. Keep your socks on so it isn't TOO cold !

  • Thanks for the advice I'll give it a go!

  • Well done completing your first 10K race and brilliant time, Mark. The audiofuel podcasts have really paid off with helping your pace.

  • Thanks for support! Now the bad part....I've had to take the day off work :S I can just about walk but only. It sounds like plantar fasciitis but fingers crossed it will wear off in a couple of days!

  • Well done Mark! Woo, Wooo! Let's hope your foot recovers in time for the dualthon.

    Colette xx

  • Congratulations - I'm determined to sign up for this next year now!

  • That's a great time! I know a couple of people who ran the race yesterday and they were slower than you and have been running for a few years, so well done! And like Frazzles, I'm definitely going to enter next year's race. Hope the foot heals up. Alyson

You may also like...