10k PB mission begins

The mission to my 10k PB has begun!

I already set out my 10k PB goal in my 2019 promises and running goals, but if you haven’t caught up, my aim is to hit 1:19:00 in my next race which I’m planning on being the Lincoln 10k. So a consistent pace of 12:43/mi is the goal!

My PB for 10K is 1:13:00 but my race 10k PB is much lower at 1:22:00 so I’m being realistic and setting small achievable goals throughout the year so that I can hit a time come the end of the year that I’m truly proud of.

I’m not going to hit a sub 60 minute 10k, but I know I have it within me to run quicker than currently. 

Now I am a self confessed slow runner. I’ve been running on and off since I was 18 years old and I’ve always been slow as hell. There are times when I wish I was a quicker runner, and race results is a time I wish I was quicker. So I’m going to give it my all this year and push myself to become quicker. I’m not going to hit a sub 60 minute 10k, but I know I have it within me to run quicker than currently. 

My problem with the 10k race is that I’ve not yet been able to complete the distance without losing steam at some point. I’m not 100% sure where this losing steam comes from, whether it’s fitness, self belief, or overwhelming myself. I think it’s a combination of all three. The fact that I’ve run a quicker 10k when not in a race is where I think the overwhelming comes from, as usually people run quicker in a race. So I need to work on my mind as much as my fitness if I’m going to PB. 

So, with the Lincoln 10k being 9 weeks away, when my training started, I decided to choose a personalised programme. One which takes in my current pace, and maps out my easy run, tempo run and long run pace. 

So I’m using the Nike Run Club App. This app can create personalised plans for you based on previous paces achieved. It will also adapt your plan as you move through the runs thanks to the feedback your give.  

Week 1 has looked like the below – 

M – Kick it off – 2.00mi

An easy run at a pace much slower than I usually run, but I tried to keep my heart rate as low as possible, which isn’t something I’ve tracked before during a run. It was quite interesting to see my heart rate higher than I expected, so altering my pace based on this helped me ensure it was an easy run. 

W – Benchmark – 15.00min

An interesting run which I’ve not done before, but these are used to track your progress throughout your training. So the workout was 7 minutes easy, 3 minutes as quick as you can, 5 minutes easy. Again I kept a close eye on my heartbeat to track whether I was running at an easy pace for me. 

F – Recovery – 2.00mi

A similar workout to day 1, an easy run at a slow pace. 

S – Long Run – 5.00mi

This workout didn’t go to plan due to the terrain. I had 5 miles planned but due to hitting the trails instead of the tarmac I was on a 3.5 miles route that was incredibly slippy so had periods of walking and my pace was incredibly slow. So here’s to a better long run the next time! 

Overall, I’ve enjoyed week 1 of my training. It feels great to have a goal again and I’m enjoying the new runs to help increase my speed throughout the training plan. 

Are you currently training for any races? How is your training going?



  1. mrsquire

    Best of luck with chasing your PB. Your story struck a cord. I to am trying to claw back to somewhere near my PB and one day complete a sub 1hr 10k.

    Life became very stressful last year and I stupidly I neglected the one thing that would have helped me the most -tunnjng and consequently my weight and health too.

    I look forward to reading about your progress.



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    1. Sandi Newman

      Hi Cat, it’s great to hear about your training and your realistic goals. I need to focus, I want to run fast and long, I want it all, but I know I can’t do everything! Well done for sticking to a training plan, they really help. Sandi


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