An Unexpected Achievement

After feeling rubbish and not running all weekend, I decided to go for a run this evening. I don’t usually run on Mondays, but work has suddenly become very busy and I needed to unwind. So I took advantage of the fact that it wasn’t wet or windy outside and headed to the seafront.

I didn’t really have much of a plan for the run. I was feeling pretty tired and very irritable, so I figured I would just go for a nice long slow run to empty my mind and give myself a bit of a boost. I suppose deep down I really wanted to run 10K, just to prove to myself that the last time wasn’t a fluke, but I didn’t really expect what happened next.

The first 5 kilometres were nice and slow and steady as I jogged along, watching everyone run past. My pace was very slow, but I didn’t mind. I didn’t even look at my watch to check how slowly I was going – just a couple of glances to keep an eye on my distance. But that was all.

As approached the 5 kilometre mark, however, I realised that if I kept the same pace going I could probably get a 10K PB. Ok, so I know I’ve only run 10K once before and most people get a few PBs early on in their training as they get used to the distance, but I’d covered 5K in something close to 36 minutes, so I was on track to beat my previous time of 1:14:23.

I also realised that because I’d been going very slowly, I still felt pretty fresh; if I could pick up the pace a little bit, I might even hit my target of 1:10:00. I remembered reading somewhere that when you run 10K, the race really happens in the second half, so by taking it easy for the fist 5 kilometres I’d set myself up for a better time without even really thinking about it.Β And so the second half of my run became a race, not just to get a 10K PB, but to run it in under 1:10:00.

I decided to try the strategy that I’d used on my last 5K run – maintaining a good Β steady pace with some short bursts of speed between lamp posts. The frequency of these short bursts dropped off a bit after the 6th kilometre, but from then on I found that I was achieving some good negative splits.

Of course, with my goal time in sight, I was keeping an eye on my Garmin and had to really push myself for the final half kilometre in particular, but I did it! 10K in 1:09:12!

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I know it’s still slow by race standards, but for a second attempt at the distance in less than two weeks, I was over the moon to have knocked more than five minutes off my time and to have achieved my 10K goal.

With less than three weeks until race day, I have to say that I’m starting to feel pretty good about the whole 10K thing – nervous of course, but nervous in a good way.

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18 responses to “An Unexpected Achievement”

  1. Piper's Run says :

    Congrats on your PB! That’s awesome, way to push through it!

  2. LeAnn Cady says :

    Sometimes when you least feel like running, a great run, a great opportunity presents itself to you. Enjoyed your blog and reading about your unexpected achievement for a personal best 10k! You’re well on your way!

  3. mtbader says :

    Congrats! That’s awesome!

  4. couchtorunning says :

    Congrats on the PB! That is awesome!

  5. createdincuckooland says :

    Woo hoo! That’s fantastic,well done! πŸ™‚

  6. WalkToRio says :

    Yay for you!

  7. Kerrie says :

    πŸ˜€ That’s awesome, well done! πŸ™‚

  8. artisticsharon says :

    That’s so great! Woot woot! I’m hoping to finish my 10k in 1:20; your 1:09 is outstanding!!!

    • theblogrunner says :

      Thank you Sharon. I guess I had a lot of stress to run off on Monday! πŸ˜‰
      I’m sure you’ll get your 1:20 now that your toe is on the mend. Hope the RTG program is going well. πŸ™‚

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