10km in 1 hour!

I’m absolutely thrilled that I managed to run 10km in one hour last Saturday morning! I was breathing heavily, my thighs and feet ached a bit and my back was covered in sweat, but I felt great.

One reason why I was so knackered by the end was because I hadn’t actually ran 10km for a while. I must confess, it was back in mid April the last time I went out to run 10km, which I completed in 1 hour and 2 minutes. You could say that I’ve been a bit cocky about my fitness in the lead up to the Race for Life. I know that I can run the 10km route on Sunday 10th July since I managed to complete it last year for the first time.

Therefore to get my act together, I decided recently to aim finishing the Race for Life in one hour. My finish time last year was 1 hour and 11 minutes, so finishing in one hour is quite a push. However, I’ve proven to myself that I can do it!

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I’m coming to get you Cancer on Sunday 10th July!

Another reason why I really felt the burn last Saturday was because I struggled to keep a steady pace. I was determined to run 10km in one hour, so I started running faster than I normally would. When reaching the half way point, I had to walk for a bit. The way back was challenging as I had to walk for a bit on a couple of occasions, but I never stopped completely. That’s the worst thing you can do; if you stop altogether for a breather, it’s even more difficult to carry on running.

While it is my intention to complete the Race for Life non-stop and without walking at any point (if possible), the run on Saturday was a great workout. A good way to lose weight is to do intensive training, where you raise your heart beat quickly, lower it for a bit while resting and then raise it again. Even though I didn’t rest during the run, walking would’ve lowered my heart rate, and running again would’ve raised it.

Many of you will know that I’ve been doing the parkrun recently on Saturday mornings. I would’ve done it last Saturday, but I needed to run 10km. The parkrun is only 5km, but I will do it again in the near future. I did mention in a blog recently that I could start running after work in the early evening, since it’s now officially summer. The weather is starting to improve here in Britain, so maybe I should run 10km tomorrow or Thursday evening.


Happy reading and blogging!

Clare Bear


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