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I did it in 1 hrs 54 so broke the target 2 hr barrier and managed to maintain a 11 min/mile pace.Last two miles were the hardest but managed to muster enough energy for a sort of sprint finish. Got a big blister on my right heel probably because I put shock absorbing insoles under my orthotics so my ankle kept slipping about - silly girl.
 

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Thanks totally shattered might have to have a cat nap.
 

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Well done SE. great effort !!!!!!!
 

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Yes, wow, well done, SE! I know how you've worked at not worrying about your speed, and now things are starting to pay off for you, and the speed starts to come naturally. Well done.

Now I just need to follow your example.
 

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Well I wasn't one of the quickest definitely at the back BUT I ran it quicker than I thought I would and I wasn't the slowest. I suppose one of the great 'things' about running is you can compete against yourself - setting targets, beating PBs.

I really enjoyed yesterdays race in a masochistic sort of way and it really helped having the encouragement of my club mates as I crossed the finish line. I'm thinking of doing another 10 miler next month but a slightly flatter course.

Karen - enter a race you'll really enjoy it and the sense of achievement is amazing.
 

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Great News Steady, you must feel on top of the world, such an amazing feeling completing a race you have worked so hard for. :d :d :d
 

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Well done SE.

As you say it's personal achievement that counts, not where you are in the field. The next 10 miler will be easier and I bet you can get close to 1hr 50 in no time at all!
 

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What a result! Well done you! Did think about you yesterday - I should have been doing my plod round Burrator but was laid up with sick bug...!

Really pleased for you :d
 

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Kingsteignton - I posted off my application yesterday. I met a few formites from Runnersworld on Sunday and one of them recommended it.
 

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Steady Edwina said:
Karen - enter a race you'll really enjoy it and the sense of achievement is amazing.
I have!! Aargh. It's this coming Sunday - the Goring 10K - it's not a flat course either. I sooo wish I was faster, but I'm not yet. I think I'm looking at a time of 1h10mins to 1h15mins. I can't explain why I'm so slow, since I've trained often enough in the last 7 months (since I started running). I guess for some of us, achieving fitness is a VERY hard-won thing. I'm on the way, but I'm not there yet.

Meanwhile, I have this 10K on Sunday. Oops.
 

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Just go out and enjoy it all Karen.

From the nerves at the start,all the way to the tired legs and sense of achievment at the finish.

believe me you will have a huge grin on your face at the end,so make sure you have somebody with a camera to capture it.

Good Luck........Dave.
 

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Thats brilliant just go and enjoy it I bet you won't be the last. Run your own race Karen don't let others or what you think others are thinking dictate your pace.

I've really slowed down since christmas and Idon't know why either.
 

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had a look at results for Kingsteignton last year slowest was 2.02 i don't think i'll enter this one! was looking for something else to enter before Plymouth half maybe a 10k would be better ( i have a 5k in March )

good luck Karen i'm sure you'll do well. Then there will be no stopping you.

I am also slow around 13 min mile on a good day. how do you get faster does it just happen with time?
 

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Thanks Dave, SE and FirstTimer,
Yes, I guess I just hope to be thick-skinned enough to not worry about what other people will think of me. No camera photos for me though, as no immediate family support is available at the moment. My husband is away in the US, so I'm on my own.

FirstTimer, I'm the wrong person to ask about how one gets to be faster. I tried improving speed November/December last year. And then realised that I was pushing my body too hard. That's when I first started to develop a small injury, and I suddenly also found that I was getting slower rather than faster. My body was simply too tired from the previous session. So I decided to not worry about speed, but rather concentrate on building up distance instead. My current target is that I must be able to run 8 miles before I again attempt to improve my speed. and when I get to that stage, I'm going to try fartlekking on lampposts (that is alternating my speed between lampposts). That seems to be the simplest approach. And since lampposts aren't that far apart, I think I should be able to achieve that.

And, if you listen to the advice of all the more experienced runners on this forum, they advise joining a running club, as that apparently tends to push you to run faster simply to keep up with other the club members.

Anyway, good luck with all your running too. There was such a sudden spate of new forum members from Plymouth joining our SE that it has been interesting to compare all your notes and follow your progress.
 

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Good luck Karen, run at your own pace, ignore any people that whizz past you at the start, whatever your time it will be a PB! I may be running in the Winchester 10k this Sunday, but have had bad sciatica and can only take short strides, and it is a 'naff' route!

Good Luck!:)
 

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Karen - the reason there has been an increase in Plymouth members is because of the Brooks Sunday Runs. Dotty one of the coaches sent round an email promoting the site.

Firsttimer - I looked at the times for last years Teingbridge 10 and I thought the slowest was 2:16 (did you flick onto the last page). As Karen said don't get too obsessed with speed this early in your running career its just as important to build your endurance especially as you are running the Plymouth half at the end of May. With regards to a suitable 10K I think there is one in Ivybridge on 12 May - its an evening race.

I've also discovered there is another running club in Plymouth they meet up at Marjons on a Tuesday evening and Sunday morning www.instinctivesports.org.uk
 
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