Bupa London 10,000 – 6 weeks to go

The clock is ticking and my first race of 2014, the Bupa London 10,000, is approaching quickly.

When I ran my the British 10k last July my training was so sporadic and instead of following a structured training plan I just ran as far as I wanted as often as I wanted (not very often according to my RunKeeper history!). That approach clearly didn’t work for me as looking back at my RunKeeper history the furthest I’d ran before the race was 5k – no wonder I was so unprepared come race day!

At the end of the British 10k 2013 after less than adequate training

This year I’ve opted for a very different approach and have decided to follow a training plan which I started last Sunday.

I spent a lot of time researching different training plans and I decided to base my own training plan on Hal Higdon’s training plans which a lot of people seem to love. I’ve made a few adjustments to his Novice 10k training plan, for example I’m running four times a week as opposed to three and my I’ve started my long runs on Sundays at an increased distance to ensure that I’ve ran further than the 10k distance before the Bupa 10,000. The longest run on the training plan is only 5.5 miles so I’ve adapted it so that my longest run before the race is 7 miles.

I’ve decided that I’m going to do a weekly training update on my blog so keep your eyes peeled for those!

Before I finish this post I just want to wish everyone running the London Marathon tomorrow the best of luck – you’re all amazing! I’ll be there cheering you all on!

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