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  1. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    Thanks for the feedback. I agree totally. I work too hard to give it away with the extra drinking. Just signed up for that race again in March and found a few others in the spring that I am most likely doing as well. Weather permitting doing a 5K on Super Bowl Sunday morning which will be six weeks out from my 10K. Should be a good measure of how I am doing and help keep me motivated as well.
  2. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    Okay here is my stab at this. 😊 2018 Year-end Report Your goals coming into the year, and were they achieved? Primary - Run a 7:30 minute mile for a 10K. Not even close. Will go into that more later. Secondary – Avoid anything major that would require me to shutdown running for a while. Only a couple of minor ailments so this was successful. My feet are not the best which is one reason I have to be careful on overdoing it. This is only my second year since picking back up running (of any volume) in about 20 years. New accomplishments or PRs in 2018: I did eek out a PR in the 10K in my first race of the year with a 8:29 pace. Ran the most miles ever in a year and upped my longest runs to seven miles. Found this thread and got onto Strava. Your proudest and/or best race (or segment within a race): The Crush Run I ran in October. Last year that race kicked my butt both due to the heat (was in June last year) and it is a lot hillier than anything I had ever run (in race or practice). This year I ran that course multiple times in training (not at race pace) to get used to the hills and force myself to push thru them. I shaved nine minutes off my time from last year. A race or race training disappointment during 2018: My first race of the year (which was also my PR). In mile six I ran out of gas and went 22 seconds slower than my previous miles. Ended up missing 3rd in my age group by six seconds. I know I could have found it within myself to get that time back so I am pissed at myself about that one. I will be doing this race again in March. Total training volume during 2018: 650 miles. Up from just over 500 last year. Lesson(s) you’ve learned during the year: Need to keep up weekly volume in the 20 to 25 miles range. Try to run more outside vs. the treadmill. Keep looking at this forum and Strava to help keep up my motivation when I am feeling lazy and want to take it easy. Best memories of other guys’ training or races in 2018: Too many to list here. It is amazing what so many of you have achieved in your races. Other experiences or comments (about your year or any of the other guys, including funny memories): Want to thank all of you for the support you have provided to myself and each other. This is quite the community. Goal(s) for 2019: Want to log 900 miles. Actually aiming for 1,000 but it is such a large increase from this year I want to set something more realistic. Finally get to that 7:30 minute pace. I have seemingly hit a wall at around 8:25 or so a mile. I tried multiple approaches this year but nothing seemed to work. So I am still trying to figure out how to move forward. First, I need to lose some weight thru better nutrition (and less alcohol – that pains me to say). I am aiming to lose 7 to 12 pounds by spring. I also need a purposeful plan to make sure my training is moving me in the right direction. Ideally I do five runs a week with two days for weights. I want one run to be a long one (7 to 8 miles), two for speed/hills, and two for easier runs. Exactly what type of speed runs and what pace to go to push myself from where I am to where I want to get is one thing I am trying to figure out. I will work on that in the next few days. Contribute more to this thread!
  3. I was playing both of them for that run. Championship. That post season was awesome.
  4. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

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  5. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    Thanks. Fortunately it’s a small race I just ran into them on the second loop for the 10k. At home now sitting outside with my dogs. Having a great day.
  6. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    Well I have to admit the race today was a mixed bag. I ran a whole lot slower than I planned. However, I had a great time and I'll do it again next year. This was my first time doing a trail run and running thru loose sand and dirt is a whole lot harder than running on pavement. It was also a lot hillier than I have ever run before (for me - I realize this is anthills for some of you). That being said loved being around the dogs (although going around some into some thickets was not fun - going to get some new socks - not worth trying to get the stickers out of the current ones). All in all a blast though. I'll probably do a road race in late September which is more my style. Sorry you missed 3rd in your age group by so little Oz. Great accomplishment though.
  7. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    Thanks! Hoping to get a good jump on some fall races. Running solo in this one. My dogs would be an absolute disaster here. Will enjoy spending time with other dogs before and after the race though.
  8. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    Okay I slowed down to a 10 minute pace this morning. I will work on trying to slow it down some more. Thanks for all of the feedback.
  9. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    One thing I need to understand. One of the reasons I try to push myself is to have some idea what I can do on race day. I don't want to go out too fast and 2 miles (of a 10K) in be dead man walking. I also don't want to run way too slow and leave time out on the course. If your times vary so much from speed workouts for smaller intervals to slow speeds for the longer runs how do you gauge what you reasonably can do when you are in a race?
  10. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    I want to thank you and GianMarco for the feedback. I admit I am struggling how to increase my speed. I only started doing 10K's last year to get in shape and until this spring was doing all but one of my runs in a week on a treadmill and doing my long run outdoors. I thought my feet and knees would not hold up to the outdoor runs but that has not been the case. When I was on the treadmill I would just force my pace up every week or so (so I had no choice but to run faster). It feels like I am running in quicksand to run as slow as you mention but I will take it under advisement. All of you clearly know a lot more than I do so it behooves me to pay attention. I let my running slack off for a few months since my last race but I have picked it up the last few weeks. This thread and the Strava group provide immense inspiration. Makes me realize I do not want to let things lapse again and want to keep it up so thanks to all of you. I have my first trail run (usually pure road races) in a week and a half so I am trying to focus on that now. I won't do as well as I did earlier this year just because I let myself get out of training but I plan to push thru anyway. I have the race I really want to do better in late October so I will be using that one as my target race over the next few months.
  11. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    Too late for that. I don't wish to die this weekend. If I tried to pace him I might stay with him for the first 100 yards before collapsing unless he wanted to just keep running circles around me and taunt me in the process for slowness. Which could be entertaining but would play havoc with his plans.
  12. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    Hi SteelCurtain, That was me. Meant to get on and post about it but was distracted with some other things and was just logging into post when I saw I was already added. Thank you.
  13. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    Thanks JAA. I’ll give them another shot. I have a number of races lined up so we’ll see how it goes.
  14. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    Thanks for the input. Perhaps I will consider a HRM. I did do intervals and tempo runs which is why I was surprised it seemed to have no effect. I will revisit what I was doing and take another look at how I did over that time.
  15. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    Hi Gianmarco THanks for the input. I did try a 12 week McMillan training plan early this year where a lot of the runs were easier but I could not seem to improve my speed which was very frustrating. How do you gauge what speed you think can do in a race with so many runs so much slower?