10k in 8 weeks - doable?

(13 Posts)
OnlyGirlinmyHouse Mon 20-May-13 13:04:55

I have been running a little bit over the last couple of months, but hurt my foot a few weeks ago so haven't run now for 3 weeks. Will be going for my first run tonight.

I am doing a 10k run in 8 weeks time. Before i hurt my foot, i was able to run about 2 miles non-stop. I had built up to this gradually! I would obviously like to be able to run the whole 10k but accept I may need to walk a little bit. Am i going to be able to do this?! Am starting to doubt whether this is achievable, and kind of feel like pulling out, but think i will regret it later.

Any tips/advice?

Belugagrad Mon 20-May-13 15:53:46

Commit the next 6 weeks to a solid programme. With longers runs once a week addin a mile each week. Week day runs should be a mix of tempo and speed work. Could you a do a park run or race for life in a couple of weeks to build confidence? It's not too late at all but you need a quality 6 weeks to run it all. Good luck!

sparkle12mar08 Mon 20-May-13 19:56:24

How long does it take you to do the two miles? Zen labs has a free 10k app that goes from 5k in week 8 to 10k in week 14 - i.e. 6 weeks. But that would mean being able to so the two miles in about 20mins as a starting point.

OnlyGirlinmyHouse Mon 20-May-13 20:25:52

Well I've just been out & ran 2 miles in about 26-27 mins, but that did involve a couple of minutes walking here & there! I'm hoping I can improve on that fairly quickly as previously I was able to do the 2 miles in about 20 mins with no walking. I'll go out again on Wednesday.

Hmm, hopefully I can do this!

orangina Tue 21-May-13 16:27:07

Watching this thread with interest, as I need to try and do the same thing!

OnlyGirlinmyHouse Tue 21-May-13 18:09:02

Orangina - how often & how far are u running at the moment?

We can spur each other on. I'm sure we can do it!

PoppyWearer Tue 21-May-13 18:26:40

Definitely doable!

Admittedly I did used to run pre-DCs (about 6 years ago) but in the past month have gone from couch-to-5k pretty easily.

When I did a 10k pre-DCs it was probably about 8 weeks from couch to 10k in total admittedly I was younger then!.

Good luck!

It depends what the foot injury was and how thoroughly it has recovered. I hurt mine too, then didn't rest it for long enough before starting to run again, which set me back for another 3 weeks. Go carefully!

OnlyGirlinmyHouse Wed 22-May-13 12:10:56

I fell down the stairs and landed awkwardly on the side of my foot, i think I damaged some of the ligaments as it was very swollen & tender for a good few weeks. That was back in november, then I aggravated it again towards the end of april. It seems ok now, although did ache a bit on Monday. Will go easy on it!

omletta Wed 22-May-13 21:07:52

Once you can run for 20 minutes you can run any distance.

I firmly belive that so much is in the mind.

Just gradually increase your distance and for the moment don't worry about speed. If possible find a loop of about 1k on your run at the end which you can do once or more times if you feel you have it in you.

orangina Wed 22-May-13 22:25:03

Hi OnlyGirl..... I am trying to run every other day, have just about finished c25k and have a 6 week training plan in place to get me to 10k....

(crazy week at work this week means I haven't run since SUNDAY though, first time in about 8 weeks that I have missed a run......)

Will be running again tomorrow.

Interesting to hear that you think that you can do more or less anything once you get past 20 minutes omletta...... I agree that a lot of it is in the mind..... I find myself thinking that I just can't be arsed, but I HAVE to.... I am committed to a 10k charity run in July....!

OnlyGirlinmyHouse Thu 23-May-13 11:02:19

Orangina I'm the same, running in london on 14th july, and have raised money for charity so I HAVE to do it! I know I wouldn't bother unless I'm committed to something.
I didn't make it out last night, so going again tonight. I won't want to go but I am always really pleased that I did. Still waiting for the love for running to kick in.

orangina Fri 24-May-13 11:26:37

Haha Onlygirl, we will be running the same run I am sure.....! Not sure the love of running has kicked in with me either, BUT I am very pleased with what I have achieved (which is paltry compared to anyone who actually runs properly........).

Need to get my sponsorship going now.......!

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