10 k Training

Back in those halcyon days, pre-marathon entry, when I was still pretending I was a “runner”, I was introduced to the concept of ‘A’ races and ‘B’ races. (Little old me used to think any race was a major accomplishment, how was I to know that some people prioritise races and have end goals where they take part in a race as part of their training plan – mind, blown!) The Eryri is to be my A race for this year, obviously, and I have already completed a trail half, 10k road race and 6k trail this year so I started to think: what was my B race going to be and what did I want to set as my goal for this?!

Step forward FB news feed.

Social media algorithms alarm me. I can be looking at a website on my computer, log in to my FB app on my phone and there’s an advert for that very thing staring back at me; Big Brother much?! That said, my pondering a B race happened to coincide with a FB scroll and what should appear but an advert for Abersoch 10k and, more importantly, the 10th birthday party celebrations they are hosting post-run – well played Facebook, well played. So there was the race. Now for the goal…

My entire blog world centers on my lack of speediness and I am okay with this. I have built up endurance that I never imagined having and I complete races in my own sweet time. These last few months I have tried to work on building up my strength so I will be marathon fit and with that has come weight loss, inch loss and a new level of fitness but I have been too scared to push my speed on runs. Could I really manage to do at 10k in under an hour?! Chris has mentioned that this is something that could be in reach, why not give it a go!?

The help…

I know that if I needed to I could go out and run 10k right now; it would not be pretty and it would not be fast but I would do it (this is a major, major development from a year ago and it does me good to remember this from time to time). If I really want to shave 7 minutes off my 10k time I am going to need a plan. Jack (one of the Betsis) was hoping to get on with leading some training and after conspiring with Chris it was decided that he could sort me out. We have ten weeks. Game on.

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