Speed or Distance?

Last week, on my weekend run, I hit 10k on a run. I was ecstatic. On Saturday just gone, I went out again on my weekend run and not only hit 10k, but took 2 minutes off that time *does a little dance*

So now, my question is this. I'm planning on partaking in a 10k race in 6 weeks time, the Bolt round the Holt here in Surrey. It's a 10k trail race which nerves me slightly.

I know I can do the 10k now, but doing it on trail is a different matter although I've been told it's a compacted forest trail and is near enough like roads.

Do I continue to do 10k at the weekends and try to improve my speed (with the help of fast 5k's and intervals during the week) or do I continue to try to extend my weekend runs to gradually build up by adding a 1k or so each week.

What would be the best course of action?


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

5 Replies

  • It really comes down to personal preference, I think. Me, I'd be inclined to stick at running 10k, and doing speed work, but if you have your sights set on being able to run further, then maybe add a little extra distance on...

    Not a helpful answer - sorry! ;)

  • I'm the opposite to RainbowC ;-) I'd go for endurance. You're getting speed training with your intervals and tempo (fast 5k) runs during the week and I think running 10km fast every week would be over-training. I'd continue to increase the long runs by about 10% each week, but stepping down on the 4th week, and run these slowly - at conversational pace. Building your endurance will help with 10K pace, especially since you're also doing speed training.

  • I run on forest trails and on roads and my forest trail runs are much much easier - just more give underfoot

  • I'd go for distance over speed as well, as Swanscot said you are already doing intervals and tempo runs

  • Great question and I like the answers and reasoning given, I think I might start in a couple of weeks following swanscot and morningglory recommendations.

    Good look with the trail and training, you must feel great getting another 10K under your belt.

You may also like...