27/05/14: 5 mile run, decided to run home from work, what a scorcher, struggled a bit in the heat, running home with a backpack didn’t help. It was a wake up call knowing I’ll have to run the extra mile next Monday in the Flora Women’s mini marathon. No injuries or sore legs after though thanks to my grid roller. 28/05/14: 1 hr Dance Class, obviously not going to do me any good at H&B but good fun and keeps me moving and maintaining a good base level of fitness.
30/05/14: Had to collect the race pack in the Woman’s World Show today. Picked up a nice little flame headband so I can look a proper nerd at H&B.
31/05/14: Rest day and had a wonderful date night at Singing in the Rain in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. They used 80,000 gallons of water during the performance, glad I wasn’t sitting in the front row!
01/06/14: Chilled day out at Bloom, would recommend getting there early, easily spent 2 hours walking around the exhibition gardens. I’m missing an amazing night out with friends tonight for tomorrow’s run! The sacrifices I make for running…all set for my 9th Mini Marathon in the morning.
02/06/14: Flora Women’s Mini Marathon
I found this 10 km Race Strategy from Runners Connect very helpful. I was happy with my time of 48 mins and had a relaxing post race massage which really helped break down the lactic acid and helped my recovery time.
Warm-up for a 10k
You should arrive at the race about 60 minutes (or more) prior to the start time. This will allow you to settle down, find the bathrooms and get in a good warm-up. Run a very easy 15-20 mins, just like you do before all your hard runs, 10 minutes of easy stretching and then 3 x 30 sec strides starting about 35-45 minutes before the race.
Overall 10k race strategy
You should focus on running a patient and conservative race over the first mile and then attacking the course for the last mile. Interestingly, every world record from the 1500 meters to the marathon has been set running negative splits – running the first half of the race slightly slower than the second half. This means that if you want to ensure that you run the fastest time possible, you don’t want to run the 800 or mile too fast. With the adrenaline and competition, this can be difficult and will require focus. Luckily, you’ve had lots of practice with the pacing, so use your internal clock and your effort to measure.
First 2 miles
You should target a pace around 5-10 seconds per mile slower than your goal race pace the first 2 miles. Use the pace calculator above to determine the exact pace. Remember that it will feel “slow” and you might be getting passed by people you want to beat. While it is mentally difficult, this is by the most effective way to run a race and you’ll tear by those people during the last mile.
At 3 miles or so, creep into the 8:20 – 8:30 range and start looking around and engage the competitors around you. Find a group that is running your pace or a little faster and latch on. Try to relax and keep your focus on staying with the group, not your splits. Use the group and the people around you to help you relax and take your mind of the distance ahead. This is the hardest part of the race as it requires a lot of mental focus and fortitude. Be aware that you need to increase your effort to maintain the same pace or run faster as the race goes on. As you get more tired, it gets more difficult to keep running faster, so you have to try harder. The pace is going to start getting hard around 4 miles; it’s part of racing the 10k, so prepare for it mentally. Keep you mind and body relaxed. Look within yourself and focus on you. Think confident thoughts and repeat confident mantras to yourself; “I am fast, this feels good” or “I am strong”. Every time you feel tired or feel the pace slip, repeat to yourself that you need to refocus and concentrate and get back on pace.
With 1 mile to go, keep your head up and start to try and catch people in front of you. Pick one person and focus solely on reeling them in, nothing else. As you pass them, surge and put your eyes on the next person and repeat. Imagine tying a fishing line to their back and reeling them in. Kick hard the last mile and finish fast!
03/06/14: Rest day, legs feeling good post race.
04/06/14: 1 hr Dance Class with small bit of core work included.
06/06/14: Can’t believe how fast the UFC Dublin tickets sold out today, it shows how popular MMA is getting in Ireland. I would have loved to see Conor McGregor fight at the O2. Good to see the regulars at SBG got tickets though.
07/06/14: Little bit of cycling
08/06/14: Chilled day at the park, running after nieces & nephews, does that count as training?? I’m scraping the barrel this weekend! Hard to believe there’s only 1 week to go…