Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Update: I've signed up for a 10k!

Seriously, I keep having these moments of madness. I wish I could say I was drunk or something, but no, I was simply feeling a little over-confident after hitting the 7k mark for the first time last week

So I've signed up to the Regent's Park Winter Series 10K in November. I know, I know, you're thinking "that's ages away woman, get a grip". But it's at the very beginning of November and I'm on holiday for the first two weeks of September. And...y'know....I'm a massive wimp.

Sure it looks like nice now...

But this means that, once again, there's no backing out now. Since doing the Race For Life I've sort of been fannying around, sometimes not even doing 5k when I run. So once again, it's time to get a bit serious, knuckle down and start really working.

I also didn't realise that it's common to get you to estimate your finish time before the day itself and this really stressed me out. It's my ultimate fear that I end up with loads of people stuck behind me, cursing me for my slow plod, but at the same time I don't want to sell myself short either. I really have no idea what a good time is for a beginner to run 10K! I ended up putting down 1:10 but I genuinely have no idea if I'll smash this or be loads over. To be honest this is more about just being able to finish the race for me, rather than the time, but we'll see...all part of the learning curve I guess!

I'm not really sure whether to find myself some Bridge To 10k podcasts (after all C25K worked well for me) or to simply keep increasing my distance...

Any advice guys?

Harris x


  1. Congrats on signing up for a 10K. I find it easier to train when I have a goal like a specific event to aim towards. I ran my first 5k race in 36 minutes and was always around that time before I did 10k for the first time, which I did in exactly an hour...and haven't done since! I think if a training podcast works for you then definitely find one, they completely distract me so I abandoned them a long time ago :)

  2. This is awesome news!! You will get to 10k no worries at all. I have a whole series on training for a 10k on my blog (under Team Naturally Run) which could help you? When I was trying to increase from 5 to 10k I used the bridge to 10k app too, but I didn't find it that great.

    If you need any specific help or tips then please holler!! xx

  3. Thanks guys! I do feel a little bit terrified now, but I'm determined to do it! xxx

  4. I'm having lots of fun trying race time predictor calculators but as a beginner I've not completed any races yet so I also don't know what is a good finishing time. Best of luck, if you can do 7k, 10k will be a breeze. x

    1. Thanks Karen, hopefully once I've completed my first one I'll be able to judge it better and get myself improving - like I said, it's more about finishing without keeling over at the moment! xxx