I must have temporarily lost the plot, because I appear to have signed up for a marathon…

Posts tagged ‘10k’

Week 2 Summary

Week 2 – Run 2

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 10km (6.2 miles)
Time taken: 1 hour 18 mins
Calories burned: 651

Although I didn’t make three runs this week (dammit!), I did manage the 10km I wanted to run.
And again, although I wasn’t entirely up to scratch (I was hoping to run it in approximately an hour) it is the first 10km run I have done in nearly two years, so stick that in your pipe and smoke it! In fact, the 10km race I did two years ago, I did  in 1 hour and 16 mins, so really, I’m quite chuffed!

Next week, I want to do a 10km in less time, hopefully closer to the hour mark, and actually make the effort to run three times. After seeing the London Marathon this morning and realising how quickly some of these people can run without stopping even once, I can’t believe how out of shape I am.

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No April fool, time to get serious

Saturday morning run…

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 5km (3.1 miles)
Time taken: 42.29 minutes
Average speed: 7.1 km an hour (4.5 mph)
Calories burned: 317

April is here a little sooner than I’d hoped, marking the start of training. Dun dun dunnnnn!
As mentioned in my Getting Organised post, I’m going to be working to a 6 month schedule to the big race in October. Not exactly to the one mentioned there, as I’ve seen many online and I’m sure they’re equally difficult useful.
However, what I will take from it is that I will need to be running 3 times weekly -preferably alternately to allow for rest days – and I shall aim to do the distances mentioned to guarantee some sort of progression.

The thing is, I want to do this marathon in between 4 and 5 hours. The thought of being that person still running on the roads when they are packing away scares the living crap out of me.
So I’ll need to be running an average of 10km (6ish miles) an hour to meet this target. At the moment it’s looking slim, but the training has only just begun….on Monday anyway. Time to get serious.

Under pressure

Originally, all this marathon talk started at work.

My friend/colleague, Gavin, told me that he would love to do a marathon before he turned 45. I said I wanted to do one before I was 25. So, in a light hearted manner, we decided to do the New York Marathon, which just so happened to be on his 45th birthday, this upcoming November ( I would already be 25 at this point, but it’s really irrelevant now).

Now of course, we were stupid naive, because, of course, it is near impossible to get into the New York Marathon, let alone raise the cash to fly there and get accomodation. So it all went down the pan a bit.

Until last month, when the Liverpool Marathon was annnounced. For me, this is local enough being from Manchester, and for Gav, a Liverpool footy fan, it was a great location.

So Gav finally signed up yesterday. Making it official. No bottling it. I’m going to have constant pressure to keep training. Plus, it gives us a bit of a personal challenge – who will finish first out of the two of us?

My bets are on him.

I’m going to try and get a 10k done this weekend. Try being the operative word.