Thursday, 6 April 2017

New Goals - Training for a 10km

Physical activity - we know there are plenty of benefits from getting active regularly! How you choose to fit in your recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity is up to you - but you'll be reaping the benefits of better cardiovascular health, mental wellbeing, reducing your risk of diabetes, preventing osteoporosis and generally just feeling better about yourself.

Fitting in regular gym sessions has been much easier than I anticipated, and I genuinely enjoy the routine of working out a few times a week.

However, I've quickly realised I need to have a reason to challenge myself - something to motivate me to push a bit harder, rather than stick to the same old thing.

Just over a year ago I took part in the Bath Half Marathon, and although the training was tough (rainy runs round the backstreets of Yeovil are bizarrely memorable) the actual race was so much fun. I loved the sense of achievement at the end of it and was determined to keep up the running in one way or another.

Except then I jetted off to Cape Town and spent two months dining out, lazing on the beach and tasting wine (and a little bit of hospital work happened too). 

So I've entered the Vitality London 10km race next month. I'd love to run another half marathon but I also wanted something that was achievable alongside my working life. 10km is a distance I know I can manage, which takes that element away and leaves me able to focus on time and speed.

I've got an eight-week training programme to follow, and it was weirdly exciting getting started on it. It's refreshed my gym routine, given me some sort of direction to take and will hopefully lead to a pretty satisfying result. Without an end-goal, it's really easy to opt out of a workout early, or take the easier options. Knowing that I've got a time in mind to run a 10km though is the motivation I need to keep going when it starts getting hard.

With the longer evenings and hopefully warmer weather, I'm also looking forward to getting back to running outdoors - at least for the weekly long runs if not the rest of the training sessions.

I've also decided to use this event to support a deserving charity - Mind. While this is mainly a personal challenge, it seemed a good opportunity to do something good and raise even a small amount for them! If you'd like to offer anything, you can find my fundraising page here.

Who else is working towards a new fitness goal?



  1. I like the look of that training plan, or what I can see of it anyway. I like your idea of doing a race that you know you can do but using it to focus on speed and time instead, it means you're half way there really in knowing you can do it. I really need something to work towards because i'm getting lazy gym wise and put it off every day!
    Amy at Amy & More

  2. Good luck. I like how organized you are with your workouts, it should be very helpful.

  3. It's definitely always easier with a goal! I ran my first half in March, and did so well with training consistently for it. Wish I could say the same for my 10ks!


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