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10km virtual race PB!

Redcello41HUHM v5K

10 km virtual race complete! Ran it in 01:15:31 which I am super happy with! Now my plan in terms of pacing was to run it in groups of 3km, slow, fast, fast, then run the last km slow to make up the 10km distance. The logic behind this strategy is that I run more of the 10km distance fast than slow - ratio of 6:4 km if that makes sense. This worked really well for me and I was very strict with myself, firmly telling myself multiple times not to go off too fast during the fast kilometers!

I was meant to run the last km slow but I decided to keep of pushing forward and kept my pace fast because I knew I was so near the end - so my pacing ratio was in fact 7:3km in the end which I didn't think I was capable of! I also found that self-talk really helps me along, I was definitely encouraging myself to keep on going during those last few kilometers! I had a sudden surge of energy during the last 500 meters (like I did at the end of my hm race in March) and was so glad when I had finished! I purposely chose a flat route to give me a good chance and I even achieved negative splits too! It was so worth pushing myself for the last 3 km! Now all I've got to do is submit my evidence and claim my medal!

Nutrition also went to plan, I used a caffeine cola gel at halfway and no problems (yes okay, I did break the 'nothing new on race day' rule...)! I also carried a bottle of coconut water with me too which was so helpful!

It was also nice to see some other runners out on my route too - two guys passed me as I was running through a long tunnel and we commented on how the tunnel is nice and cool. Seeing other runners made me feel like I was in a real race, so I enjoyed that.

All in all, a good solid race, set a new benchmark for myself, super happy with my PB, and really pleased with how training is going at the moment! :-)

10 Replies
cheekychipmunksHUHM v10Mile

Brilliant RC! What a fantastic time too. What a fun thing to do, really well done!

I’ve yet to try gels. Would you recommend them? I tend to stick to Tailwind and jelly babies for longer runs. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Redcello41HUHM v5K in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks! I would recommend them, I use the Science in Sport gels and there's quite a lot of variety! I need to experiment with Tailwind actually, what is that like? Is it a gel or powder? :-)


Wow, that's fabulous! huge congratulations. You sound like you're - quite rightly - on cloud nine 👏👏👏


Awesome!!! xxx

Lavender1962Half Marathon

Congratulations on a great run! 🎉 The negative splits at the end are awesome!

Sandraj39Half Marathon

Well done on your new 10K PB Redcello! Great running! 🙂💪

SmilingTortoise1Half Marathon

Well done on your run Redcello41 🤩 A PB and some nice looking negative splits at end - brilliant 🥳💪


Massive well done!

IrishprincessHalf Marathon

Oh well done RC 🏃‍♀️💪 Fab sounding run there and a lovely photo too 🙂

Irish-JohnHalf Marathon

Well done R :) Congratulations :)

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