Run To The Beat 10km Training – Part 2

Weeks 3 and 4 of the 6 week training programme are done. And they’ve largely been a bit of a disaster (with a few moments of glory). We’ve been having our bathroom redone so I’ve spent the last couple of weeks moving round between my brother’s flat (thanks Jonny and Sam!), my parents (thanks Mum and Dad!) and my boyfriend’s parents (thanks Sylvia and Tony!). I’ve also had a cold so running has completely taken a back seat… 

Week 3:

Monday – Rest day – Yep, rested so hard

Tuesday – 25 minutes (hard) – Managed 22 minutes up and down the hills of Hendon. It reminded me how flat Hackney is and how I’m not used to hills! 

Wednesday – Rest day – Rested the hell out of Wednesday

Thursday – 35 minutes (moderate) – Nope

Friday – 25 minutes (easy) – Again, nope

Saturday – Rest day – Aced this one

Sunday – 45 minutes – Ummmmmmm nope

Week 4:

Monday – Rest or cross-train – Switched this with tomorrow’s run and did 4km in 29 minutes up and down the hills in Radlett. It was pouring with rain (which I normally love) and I had a stabbing stitch but it felt good to be back out and over my cold

Tuesday – 25 minutes fartleks/hills – Rested hard

Wednesday – Rest day – 4.5km in 32.50 minutes up and down the hills in Hendon with Amy (massive props to Amy who hadn’t run in a year but kept up!)

Thursday – 40 minutes (moderate) – This just didn’t happen but I did stay up until midnight painting my new bathroom if that counts?

Friday – 25 minutes (easy) – Ran on the treadmill at the gym as it was the only way I could fit it in. I HATE treadmill running, it’s so boring and monotonous. But needs must I guess

Saturday – Rest day – Switched around my weekend runs as I went out on Saturday night and didn’t fancy a long run on a hangover… Heron and I nailed out 7.3km in 52 minutes which is the longest that I’ve ever run. Well proud of myself… 

Sunday – 50-55 minutes – Well deserved rest day!

2 weeks to go until the race and I’m going to draw my (time)line in the sand. I’m going to be aiming for under 70 minutes which is about the pace that I’m currently running at. Seeing as I’ve never run 10k before, whatever I manage will be a PB! 

Run To The Beat 10km Training – Part 1

If you’ve been following this blog since the beginning, you’ll know that I started it with a post about how I was getting back into fitness through running. You might also have noticed that I have a love/hate relationship with running. Which is why I decided to sign up to Run To The Beat 10k to prove to myself that I can run and I can also ‘be a runner’. 

So this is part 1 of my training route to the 10k on September 14th. 

I’m following a 5k to 10k training programme to help me judge my training and pace and it’s working really well! 

Week 1:

Monday – Rest day – totally nailed this one

Tuesday – 20 minute run (moderate) – skipped this and went to a 60 minute Warriors (boxing fitness class)

Wednesday – Rest day – I felt like a run so I did! 2.45km at 06:27 average pace followed by 60 minute boxing class

Thursday – 20 minute run (moderate) – skipped this for a 30 minute cycle and 30 minute PT session

Friday – 20 minute run (easy) – did this on the treadmill at the gym followed by 35 minutes of making up my own circuits

Saturday – Rest day – easy peasy

Sunday – 35 minutes long run – I did 30 minutes at 06:43 pace and then a 30 minute PT session (in the pissing rain…)

Week 2:

Monday – Rest day – which was lucky as I had a tummy bug

Tuesday – 25 minute run moderate – Skipped this to go to 60 minute yoga class which was much kinder on my tummy than a run

Wednesday – Rest day – I did a 21 minute run at a pace of 06:21 and then a 30 minute PT session

Thursday – 30 minute run moderate – life got in the way of this one but I did a 40 minute cycle instead

Friday – 25 minute run easy – did this one on the treadmill in the gym followed by a 30 minute circuit session including TRX, battle ropes and trying not to laugh at the gym posers

Saturday – Rest day – Squeezed in a 30 minute PT session 

Sunday – 40 minute long run – This is tomorrow’s challenge and I’m a little nervous as it’s going to be the longest that I’ll have ever run. Watch this space! 

I’ve also been making sure that I’m eating plenty of food as running on a calorie deficit is just plain miserable. I’ve reintroduced protein shakes in the mornings with salads for lunch and a good sized snack in the afternoons even if I’m not hungry followed by a dinner that includes protein, carbs and good fats.

Even though I might not be sticking to the plan exactly, my running is feeling stronger, my little legs are moving faster than they ever have before and I’m starting to believe that a 10k might actually be in my reach!