Quite simply, I intend to complete a 10k slowly… nothing spectacular, no fireworks, to be honest, it is unlikely there will be a sprint finish. I just want to complete it. With just over 4 months to go, which is about 20 training weeks, I ~should~ be able to complete my training plan. According to my app, I have 10 weeks worth of training left. However, looking forward, I am not entirely convinced about how well that work. Ah well, I have 10 in hand to help out with the last stages, as well as help me with two work assessments and one examination.
Thinking about the last few weeks, however, I do question at what point, if any, I will consider myself a “runner”. I know people who complete marathons easily, and take great pleasure in running before and after work, with no reason to do so apart from the love. Reading the thoughts of makingthislifesweet, there are a few things which I find will keep me from becoming a runner. My reason for running right now is that it is part of my target. I want to complete a 10k. I suppose subconsciously, I do want to run, and do enjoy it, but I don’t really feel it. I run on the treadmill for practicality, but am looking forward to the time when I can get out and do what I want to do. Finally, right now, I simply feel tired when I get off the treadmill. I struggle to experience the high. I think, with time, that this may increase, but right now, I just end up spending a few hours recovering.
This notwithstanding, I will persist and I will complete my 10k. My journey to 10km faces a few milestones, one of the most important is passing through the 5km barrier. I am achieving just over 3km at the moment, and following tips and tricks from blogs and websites, I am keeping up the determination and confidence. However, suggestions online have told me that 10k is a bad idea, and should only be completed after a few solid 5k’s. I have done a 5k and a 5 mile, the concept of 6.2 miles, while clearly quite long, is still easily achievable. Why shouldn’t I push myself to get there?
Which brings me to the 10k. Training for a 5k is a lot easier, hints and tips are pedalled by charities and organisations, free of charge. However, because the distance is greater, finding an appropriate training plan to accommodate my style and lack of fitness is difficult. Training plans are present online, as well as on the app store of your mobile / mp3 player and are a little adaptable to help you along.