Kris Kelly's 10k For Men Jog Blog
Well, as I write this blog today I am still sitting with my finishers t-shirt and medal on. I can’t walk down stairs or down any hills, in fact I really can’t walk much at all! Why? As 2 days ago I completed the Edinburgh Marathon in a new PB of 4hrs and 14mins. I’m still on a high and everyone is fed up with me talking about it but I don’t care I DID IT.
The high that I talk about you get from every race you do, no mater what distance or time its all about the finishing and smashing your own goals and personal dreams.
With less than 3 weeks to go now to the Men’s 10k I hope your training is going well and you are enjoying the good weather that we have been having. I hope that race day is a wee bit cooler.
My training this week will take a wee bit of a dip as I recover from the marathon but I need to get back out there and get some speed into my legs as I try to smash my 10k PB in 45mins.
So with less than 3 weeks to go till race day why not get a team of work colleagues or friends to join you in completing the 10k. It always makes it easier when you know that your friends are running with you or behind you.
Lost My Running Buddy
Do we really need gadgets to run? With all the new running technology on the market will it make me run faster, longer or better well this week? I found out!! I lost my Running Buddy, yes Nike+ GPS watch stopped working. Could I run without him, who is going to keep me at pace who is going to keep track of my miles? I'm going to need to be a man and run myself without him.
Well Monday is usually a 3 mile easy/slow run on my training plan but I fitted this into my lunch hour at work. There are too many hills to have aeasy/slow runthere but I loved it knowing that I only had to do 3 miles and after my lack of training last week it was good to get back into it with a bang. I really recommend running on your lunch hour if you can, there is nothing better than knowing that you have done your training and you can be quite smug when you come back to the office and everyone else has not left their seat.
Well, it was my first run without my running buddy (GPS watch) so I did my 5 mile loop route that I know to keep me right. I hated it. I really need my watch. I know people have been running for years without them but I really need to know how I am going to push me along! I just found it a bit boring without my watch.
I didn’t think that I could have another run without my GPS watch so it was off to the Nike shop who replaced it right away for a shinny new one so I had to try it out so off for a wee fast 3 miles. It was good to have him back keeping me right on my wrist.
My favourite day of the week! RUN CLUB night! Running with others has really helped me. My running has come on leaps and bounds since I started running with the club and I would really recommend joining one if you haven’t already. This week’s session was a speed one with a 1mile rep followed by 2 1/2mile reps and a mile rep to finish it off with 90secs rest between each. The good thing about these sessions is everyone goes at their own pace no one is left out.
In running law Friday is a rest day and I intend to keep it that way but it was off to Achilles heel clinic for me for a sports massage. If you have not had one before I’m not going to lie to you its pain, very painful, I think it must be up there with child birth but it is good for all those aches and pains! After the pain you feel like you have new legs.
I had planned to get up and go to park run today but I slept in, sorry, will be there next week.
In running law Sunday is long run day and as I am planning to run the Edinburgh marathon in 4 weeks it was off to run club to pound out a full 18 miles. I must have looked a sight at the 18 mile mark as was getting some strange looks for members of the public, but I did it.
Well I really do need my GPS to keep me going and if you don’t run with a GPS watch and want to try it you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds to try it there are a few phone apps out there for a few pounds or free. Nike+ GPS is good but there is also Map my runs who keep track of your account and you can look back at what you have done and how you have improved.
Next week I will get out my bed and go to park run (I have said it now I will have to do it)
Good Week – Bad Week
The week started off on a good note with a new PB of 1Hr 42 min 5 sec at the Rock N Roll Half Marathon. This is a PB of about 40 seconds but the route of this is hilly, very Hilly so was very pleased with my time. I enjoyed this race, plenty of locals out cheering us on like they do at the Men’s 10k. I find this always helps you go a bit faster, shame I don’t have the same support out on those long Sunday runs.
But, after a flying start to my week the rest did not go to plan with loads of excuses not to get out there and run! My 2 days rest after my race turned into 5 days rest.
- Deserve a rest after a PB run
- Its raining/snowing
- Lucky socks in the wash
- Running buddy not going out
- Its too dark now
- No time
These are just some excuses that I have used this week not to run and sometimes life gets in the way of your running plans but the key is not to let this go on too long and get back into it. Missing one or two sessions ain’t so bad as long as it don’t turn in to a week like mine has.
So my promise for next week is to get back to my training plan and get out of my post race lull. It’s only 7 weeks till my new 10k PB at the Men’s 10k you know.
Welcome along to my first blog as part of my training in the run up to the Men's 10K 2012. You can view my website here.
The first photo above is me before the Men's 10k came into my life! Back then I was lazy and the only exercise I did was the walk to the door for my latest take-away delivery. In 2008 I came across the Men's 10K website and since I didn't think I could run 10k I volunteered to help out at the finish line! That was the day that changed my life!
That day I saw men of all ages, shapes and sizes run, jog and walk their way to finish the 10k, overcoming all obstacles to win their personal race. This inspired me to become more active, loose some weight and return to the Men's 10k to participate in it! Since then I have lost 6 stone and there is no stopping my running now, thanks to the Men's 10k.
Having now ran 5ks,10ks, Half Marathons and even a few Marathons I am now training hard to run a new 10k personal best time at this years Men's 10k. I don't have a time that I am committing to yet but I might share it soon after a few more weeks of training.
I have a few races coming up in the next few weeks. Once you start running one you kinda get addicted! So look out for me over the next 10 weeks for some training talk, tips and chat about the strange things you see out on those long Sunday runs.
It's now 10 weeks to go so it's time to get your training underway and if you are new to all this running lark there is a good 10 week training plan on the Mens 10k website.
Now, I have a wee Half Marathon on Sunday so I hope to share some success next week with you.
Happy Running, Jogging or Walking
P.S The other photo is me running the Alloa Half Marathon a few weeks ago in a PB of 1hr 42min !!!!!!