10K Day

I ran my fastest 10K in months today and finally feel I’m coming out of the running slump I underwent following the Causeway Coast Marathon, two months ago. I’ll not be setting Personal Bests any time soon, if ever, but it feels good to recover a little speed and be running at a reasonable pace again. The fact I haven’t ran beyond 10 miles since the marathon also helps.

I’m increasingly convinced my running improves in the cooler weather. The last two summers my form has tailed off, and only picked up again in the autumn. Maybe it’s my Northern Irish blood, but I don’t seem to appreciate warm conditions. Colder weather can be tough initially but, so long as you have sufficient base layers, you soon heat up after a mile or so.

My thighs are aching this evening but it’s a worthwhile pain. My long term target is the 2019 Belfast Marathon, my 10th. I’ll factor in a few half marathons in the New Year as prep races and start to build up my longer runs from after Christmas. Until then, it’s just a matter of keeping things ticking over. Running is my therapy and I’d recommend it to anyone looking to clear the cobwebs from their head.

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  1. I don’t run (arthritis is an issue & I just Fng hate it) but I get out for a good walk on a daily basis. I agree that it’s much better with the colder weather. My personal adage is, if I’m warm when I’m leaving the house, I’m overdressed. I should feel cold for at least the first three blocks or else I’ll be too hot for most of the walk. I like layers because I can control my “heat settings” as I walk.

    I KNEW you’d come out of your slump. Hey, maybe some Thanksgiving you’ll come to Buffalo to run the Turkey Trot!

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