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  1. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    I am Randy B
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    Since so many responded to my post just going to reply once rather than to each. Thank you all for the great replies. Apparently I am a doofus. Yes the backlight works. Can’t believe I have been doing most of my runs the last few months in the dark. I wondered about the heart monitor because I do want to push myself as hard as possible to improve but the last thing I need is a heart attack because of being dumber than the backlight issue. That being said I like my 230 a lot and with the light issue resolved I’d like to save that money. One of the other local runners had mentioned strava so that does sound like a good idea.
  14. OrganizedChaos

    Ran a 10k - Official Thread

    Hi Hoping to not derail the topic of racing but get a little input. In my late 50’s and decided to start doing some 10k races last year to help me get in shape. Bought a garmin forerunner 230 which was perfect for me as I wanted to help pace myself. I was running mostly on a treadmill except for my one long run each week outside. This spring I decided to do all runs outside. The issue is it is too dark in the morning for me to see the watch to gauge my pace. I love my watch with the gps and large letters easy to read. Any suggestions on a good gps watch you can read in the dark? Also do you think a built in heart rate monitor would be useful for me or overkill? I do want to push myself and do as good as I can but 10k (and maybe 10 mile) is as far as I am ever going to do. Want to add this thread rocks. Wish I had the fortitude of the rest of you.