Project 10K Week 1

Week 1 of Project 10K has taken place while the world seems to have gone to hell. Given all the races that have been cancelled so far in March and April because of COVID 19, I’m not holding out much hope that my 10K will actually go ahead at the end of May. Although it’s still a while off and things are changing so quickly, it doesn’t appear as though everything is going to be back to normal anytime soon. I’m going to continue training as though the race is going to go ahead for as long as is possible depending on the official advice otherwise I would drive myself mad.

The first run of the Project 10K training cycle was a 45 minute easy pace run. I dragged myself out of bed and had the run done before 6am. It took a mile or so to get the legs going but it was generally a decent run even with the heavens opening for the last 10 minutes.

The second run of the week was supposed to be hill repeats but that run went by the wayside thanks to a combination of car issues and some snow and ice.

Saturday morning saw a 55 minute easy pace run. Really enjoyed the run but it was a touch faster than the plan suggested. According to the plan I should have been aiming for 9:12 per mile at the quicker end of the scale. I misjudged the temperature for the run, looking at the forecast and out the window it looked really cold so I headed out with gloves and leggings. The gloves lasted about 5 minutes and I was a touch over heated by the time I finished the run.

Sunday’s long run on the plan was to be 1 hour 25 minutes. It was actually a fairly decent morning for a run, a bit of sunshine and only a little bit of drizzle. Have to say I wasn’t expecting the breeze that was out there. Badly misjudged tMy route and ended up back at the flat after 1 hour 5 minutes and couldn’t really be bothered to do a further 10 minute out and back to reach the 1 hour 25 minutes. Again as with Saturdays run it was quicker than what I was aiming for, by average about 10 seconds per mile too quick.

Week one of Project 10K in the book. Hopefully week two is a smooth week but obviously we are all at the mercy of official guidance so although the plan is there to be followed it’s a case of playing it by ear and doing what I can to keep myself and those around me healthy.

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