Finally Managed To Average Under A 10 Minute Mile For The First Time In 3 Months.
Yesterday I clocked up 11 miles over 2 runs, both of which were at a 10:10 min/mile pace exactly.
I wasn’t expecting to even be running today! However, being stubborn I decided to try to hit 5 miles at an easy pace.
The first mile took 10:30. The next few miles were around 10:10. By the fifth mile I knew I had it in me to try go for a sub 10:00 min/mile pace.
My technique was quite simple whenever I hit a road I had to cross, I sprinted across it and then slowed back to the same speed as before. By the 6th mile I knew that I was almost certain to do it began to sprint up the road.
I finished 6.6 miles in 65 minutes with an average pace of 9:54 min/mile. I am delighted as the 10 minute/mile mark has been the biggest mental hurdle I’ve had to face with my running in recent months.
I will keep on working on my pace over the next few weeks and try to improve upon my times. I’m convinced that I’ll now start recording sub 10 minute mile runs regularly, especially if I can keep that first mile under 10:30.
I’m still worried that if I push too much at the beginning that the finish will be tough.
It’s all about getting the balance right and I can sense that I’m starting to get there!