This summer I’ll be running the British 10k London Run, for the 3rd year in a row; although after watching the London Marathon at the weekend, it doesn’t feel like as much of an achievement ha! I’ve also challenged myself to another 10k before this in June, the Nike Women’s 10k in London. I really want to train hard and beat my time this year, run the whole 10k and not give in.
Last year, I trained more than the year before but still not enough. I knocked 8 and a half minutes off my time in 2013 which was amazing. This summer, I’m setting myself a target of an hour or less which means knocking 6:14 minutes off last year.
With my charity entry this year, I have been sent a runcoach plan which is amazing. After seeing a physiotherapist a few months ago, I was told that I should be following a tailored plan in my training not just going out and seeing how far I can run…
I went for my first proper run on Tuesday and as much as it was pretty poor, it was a hell of a lot better than I expected. Below you can see the progression that the Run Coach plans give you as variety up to your race day.
My Run Coach plan is leading up to my first 10k in June, which doesn’t leave me much time at all. However, in between my first and second race day, I will continue to run longer distances and try to build it beyond 6 miles this year.
The Run Coach plans also include Cardio days, in which I will be continuing with Kayla Itsines BBG 2.0, rest days and as the weeks go on, Strides and Drills in my running training. I’ve never taken part in any proper running training before so I’m really hoping this year it will make all the difference. It also advises me which pace I should be running at on which days, this will hopefully help me to beat my current time of 01:06:14.
With 7 weeks to go until the Women’s Nike 10k and 11 weeks to go until the British 10k London Run, I’m going to push myself hard see what a difference I can make. I tend to notice a huge difference in weight loss when I run, so I’m really hoping I can knock off so fat particularly around my bum and stomach that I’m struggling to lose. I will also be putting KT Tape to the test with shin splints, with a full review of it very soon.
Like my BBG progress, I will be writing about my running progress over the next few weeks so any tips, advice and motivation will be needed! I will be running the British 10k London Run, for a charity Teens Unite Fighting Cancer; they’re an incredible charity, supporting teenagers with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. I have volunteered for the charity since 2013 and seen first hand the incredible work that they do and how much it is appreciated by the teens. Any donations towards my run will not only be appreciated, but will go to an amazing cause – https://www.justgiving.com/gemmaenglish/ .