If you’ve read my last post then you will know that for a number of reasons, I’ve made the decision not to take part in the Great North Run in September, and instead focus on training for Run Reigate 10k.
This hugely popular local race launched with a half marathon in 2014, and last year added a 10k option which also take in the picturesque Surrey country lanes. It’s a fully closed roads, single-lap route which is quite unusual outside of a big city, and should add to the great atmosphere. I’m also pretty excited about the Food Festival afterwards!
Amazingly, my 10k PB still stands at 1:08 from the Nike We Own the Night 10k in 2013! I haven’t “raced” a 10k since then, instead taking part in them for fun or as training runs in the lead-up to half marathons.
In order to set myself up a possible PB at Run Reigate I know that I will need to incorporate speedwork and hill training, particularly with the 10k being in the Surrey Hills area! I’ve drawn out the course on MapMyRun to see the elevation, and there are a couple of hills towards the end.
Having mostly focused on cycling for the last few months, my lungs also need to adjust to running again which seems to affect my asthma a lot more. I will be building up to 6.2 miles slowly and making sure to listen to my body, which I stressed the importance of in my last post.
You can see my suggested training plan below. It is highly likely that things will crop up and mean that this changes but I find that scheduling in my workouts on the calendar means that I’m more likely to do them!
The runs that have (fast) in brackets will either be Tempo runs, where I try and push the pace for the whole duration, or interval runs where I will do a series of sprints mixed in with slower sections. I haven’t decided which will be which yet, and will probably judge depending on how the running is going generally and where I am running – sprints are easier to do in less busy areas or at quieter times of day!
I will also be continuing to attend kettlebells and small group training sessions at MyPT studio to work on my strength, as well as doing yoga as much as I can with the videos on the Jasyoga online platform which I’ve signed up to. I did a course with Erin last year which was fantastic, and honestly don’t know why it’s taken me so long to take advantage of her online teaching as well!
You can download my training plan here —> 6-week10kTrainingPlan
And stay tuned to the Run Reigate blog where I will also be sharing posts on my training experience.
If you fancy joining me on the start line, head over to www.jellyfish.co.uk/runreigate/10k.
What does your ideal 10k training plan include?