10k & counting…

Yes, a day late as usual with my update… Forgive me!

This past week I finally did the 6 mile route at training – it was time to bite the bullet! Honestly, I way preferred it to the 4 mile loop and it actually seemed to go by much quicker! Maybe I’m getting faster but I’m pretty sure it was because I didn’t know where I was actually going and just followed the people in front of me – nothing like a little mystery tour of the Louth countryside to get the legs pumping, eh?

After training, David made the announcement that myself and four other Team Carrie members would be representing the gang on LMFM‘s Late Lunch every Friday. I am still trying to figure out who signed me up – ’cause it sure wasn’t me…

Luckily, I don’t mind at all and I’ll be on radio in two weeks time once I finish up my internship. Be sure to tune in if you want to hear all about my trials and tribulations as a wannabe marathoner. I’m actually pretty excited about this as a journalism student – the more practice on air the better!

Pacing was also a topic of discussion at training. This was something I found really interesting. For the past few weeks, my own running has been focused around building some stamina at 4-6 miles. Now, I’m naturally interested in what timing techniques I should use for the next event – the Fingal 10K next Sunday.

Apparently, the trick is to start off slower and towards the end knock a few more seconds off each mile.

I roughly can do 10-10 and a half minute miles now and have been doing so for the last few weeks. Next week I will try to keep that steady pace – or slightly slower – at the start and then try speed up the closer I get to the finish line.

Of course, I’m under no illusion that this will definitely work out this way. I’ve never done the course before and race day can always leave you feeling a bit more jittery than during a regular run. It can take time to find your stride, or so I have experienced (says me with my incredibly high participation rate of two whole races…) 

That’s all for now. I’ll of course be back next week to let you know how the 10k goes – wish me luck!





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