I’m having trouble switching off. I have no immediate deadlines, but I have a very long “to-do” list; and thoughts and plans keep buzzing around my head.
I’ve tried doing some yoga, but I’m just not feeling it tonight. So I’m going to write for a bit, and see if that works.
First: the race.
It was a 10K. It was flat. It took me just over 58 minutes. Much of it was along the seafront, so I felt very much at home.
It was good to run with the Garmin. I knew exactly what pace I was doing. It became clear after a couple of kilometres that, if I could keep up the same pace, I’d finish in under an hour.
By the time I got to 5 or 6 km, I even calculated how much I could slow down by and still finish in under an hour. It became a bit of a mental maths exercise at one point! Still, it kept my mind occupied, and kept me going.
The pace felt okay. I started to feel a bit tired at 8 or 9km, and I pushed the final kilometre. But, other than that, it never actually hurt.
As you’ll see from the finishing photo
- The Garmin is being switched off as I cross the finishing line (much to Sarah’s amusement!)
- It took me about 15 seconds to cross the start line (my actual time was 58.02).
I might have finished dead on 58 minutes, but the land train along the seafront undertook me just as I needed to turn left into the final strait. I had to jog on the spot for a couple of seconds, until it had passed!
It was a lovely day out. My friend came over with me on the train. We got lost, we wandered around, we chatted, we ate chips, we missed the train, we cycled home. It made it all very enjoyable (and it means I have a finisher’s photo. Thanks, Sarah!).
And the run itself feels like a nice base to start from, as I start to think about the big M next year. It’s not a PB. I think my PB for a 10K is 50 minutes and something. But that was about 10 years ago, and pre-kids.
More importantly: I’m regularly running 3 or 4 times per week now, and sometimes I hit that 15 mile marker (total mileage for the week) that I wanted to be doing before I started any kind of training plan.
For now, I’ve drawn up my own one.
Well, I’ve started to, anyway. Mostly, I keep falling asleep and appear to be allergic to spreadhseets during school holidays…. Any ideas or suggestions? Never a Dull Bling and 50 in 50, I’m particularly looking at you! 🙂
At the moment, I’m wondering whether to do a 10 mile race in December, or whether to just concentrate on building up the running for now, and do a 10 miler at the end of January instead. I’m definitely doing the Hastings Half in March. This was my frist ever half marathon, and it’s home turf.
Any hints on sourcing/building training plans would be much appreciated! And any advice on whether to aim for a 10 miler already, or stick to shorter distances until after Christmas….
Other than that, I guess I’ll just keep plodding on….