Each year I run the Standalone 10k race that my Dad used to organise. I started running it when my sister had the idea that I run the 20th anniversary race (cheers Sis). In hindsight taking part in that event, and being honoured by the North Herts Road Runners with handing out the winners prizes, has spurred me on to all of the sporting challenges I have completed since.
I think that first race took me about 53 minutes. The following year I entered my first three half marathons, eventually smashing the 2 hour barrier in the inaugural Birmingham Half. A few months later I was full of emotion whilst standing on the start line of the London Marathon and facing the biggest physical challenge of my life. So I owe a lot to my sisters idea and to the Standalone 10k.
This years race takes place on 6 October and is probably full with 1200 entries by now. My brother-in-law has been training hard to compete in his first ever road race after a knee injury prevented him from taking part last year. My best friend from my school years is “competing to complete” after his training plan stalled in July but it’ll be great to see him there. It was a special occasion when my wifes brother ran with me, and every year my good friends Jim & Leanne have been there with us, running when they’ve been able to and this year will be no different.
My initial reason for writing this blog is because each of us has been on a different training journey to get fit for it. So I thought a bit of a best practice review would be interesting because I’m not sure if my cycling led approach is worth recommending or if Matts stamina training might be a better idea. However, after a very quick Google search, it appears that we are all doing just fine according to one plan or another. For those of us who need to get fit quick, there are even 2 week training plans around …. I like that idea. My only bit of advice (to myself a much as anyone else) is to take it steady and run at a sensible pace for the first 5k. You can speed up if you feel good but, if your lungs and legs are dead after 7k, it’s a seriously unpleasant last 2 miles!
It is only 10k. Which is 6.2 miles. If the worst come to the worst you can walk that in less than an hour and a half.
It doesn’t matter that none of us have followed proper training plans. It means the world to me that my friends and family take part with me and that we continue to celebrate the race that my Dad built. Thankyou.