Just come back from my 10k training long slow run. Decided to complete the same 10k course I did last time but see if I could do a few extra loops to extend it to 11k. Half way round is the enormous hill which fills me with dread but again I managed to run all the way up (almost walked once but gave myself a talking too) although I did think my lungs were about to burst at one point. I did the loops and made the 11k mark in 1hr 20 mins, which I didn't think was bad. The interesting thing is that when I look at my Garmin stats and my split times I am really consistent my first 3 miles were 10.50, 10.53, 10.55 - the hill was 13.40 then the next 3 miles were 11.16, 11.13, 11.18
My 10k race is in two weeks, initially I was just going to think about getting round in one piece, but now I know I can run the distance comfortably I thinking I need to give myself a little bit of a challenge. The race is on a dead flat course so next week might do a 10k somewhere flat and see what time I do that in and then shave a bit off for race conditions. Not really sure - any advice.
Question for all those doing 10k training - what is your plan after your 10k race. More 10ks, half marathon or marathon?
I'm planning to do a couple more 10k's and hopefully do a half marathon in September/October time. After that I will consider whether I think I could possible do a marathon.