So, I’m a little bit in limbo with my running and have decided to write this as a way of forming my thoughts into hopefully a little bit of a more cohesive thread! Read the about me page to catch up with my running story so far and to see how I’ve got to this point.
So where am I now?
I’ve just completed my fourth 10k race – the Jane Tomlinson Hull 10k. Loved it! But why did I run it? Well for me it is a personal challenge – I wanted to push myself. Added to that that this race is raising money for cancer charities gives an extra reason to choose this one. It was also the first race that my other half has EVER run. He used to run a little bit – a couple of miles a few times a week, but then stopped. At the end of last year he decided that he would give it a go again and has done so well. On Valentine’s Day he came to Parkrun with me (such romantics aren’t we 😉 ) and hasn’t looked back. He’s been pleasantly surprised by how social it is and seen that there are new friends to be made.
My PB for 10k was 55:08 – I’m not fast, but not the slowest either. This PB was set way back in 2012, my first year of running. Two 10ks since and I’ve not been close to beating it. But over that last six months I’ve managed to lose a bit of weight, have been running 3 or 4 times a week and have brought my 5k times down and managed to beat the PB I set at parkrun in 2012. I’d decided to set a target time of 54:00 for Hull 10k – thought that was realistic. I was organised (just the type of person I am!) with a pace band so I knew what time I needed to be at each km marker. Well we beat the time every single km and smashed the time, finishing in 52:09 !
What was I happy about – that although I was faster than the target pace I’d set, we were consistent, we didn’t slow down, but kept up a good pace the whole way, and speeding up for the last 2km. I can’t give you accurate splits as I don’t have a GPS watch (yet!) – I just use a very basic stopwatch to time myself.
So where to go from here…..
We’ve just entered two more races, both 10ks, one in July, one in August. Both of these are trail races so that should be a bit of a change from road all the time. I’ve decided today that I need to make a bit of a training plan to stick to. I’ve got four full weeks to train – it will be my first fully trail race and it is the first one that I have done which is two laps.
Oh and by the way – I’ve never had a coaching session, I don’t belong to a club, but I am a reader and a planner 🙂