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Wk 8 30 mins?

Well I have agreed to attempt a 10k on 3rd March and I thought I had better get cracking lol! I even managed an extra 5mins after the cool down, then had to cool down again......eeejit I know but I wanted to see if my legs had much left in them. They did :) I hear a lot about good and bad runs but I find all the runs challenging, I always have to focus on my breathing and recite my "doing well love, keep it going" mantra on a loop. So for me this is a normal run and then there are the odd ones that flow a little better and involve no gasping which are lovely. Running is bloody hard but I like it and it is changing my shape slowly but surely :).

So today instead of doing the 28 mins I thought I would just stop faffing and do the 30. This was the first time that i have lacked confidence but as there really is not much time left before the 10k i thought i should go for it. For some reason I thought it would be the end of march......I must have forgotten to forward them my schedule ;).

Anyway think I will add in some speed training for run 2 this week (30 mins again) then go for a longer 40 min run on Sunday. It's hard to figure out as I have read quite a few 10k training plans but what sits well with me is 2 shorter interval runs (jog 3mins then run at capacity for 1min, repeated for the entire run) to build speed and one longer run to build endurance. I will then evaluate at the end of next week to see if I am progressing as I need to.

Though on the day I am not worried about having a fast time, I do get the fact that if I am not careful i could be gone all day! Thing is slower means longer over set distance so I will put some love into both and see what happens. I can just see someone having to drag me around the course! Either that or take a skateboard just in case. Thing is worse case scenario I could walk/run but I would prefer not to.

Any advice or tips gratefully received :)

Jems x

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Those interval runs on the 10K plan sound interesting. Where did you see that?


It's called fartlek, speed play in English. Tons of info on the net about it especially runners world. The idea came from the following 10k plan starting with wk6.


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