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I run too fast...

Hard to believe, but apparently it's true (according to the training pace calculator on Runner's World).

So far this month, I've done 7 runs. 4x5k, 1x6k and 2x10k. My 5k average is 7:00/km, my 10k average is 7:43/km and my 6k run was 8:02/km. My overall average across all runs was 7:21/km.

Now, I don't actually pay too much heed to my pace when I'm running, I tend to just go with how I'm feeling. When the km split goes off, I may take a quick look at my watch to see how I've progressed over the previous km and typically I'm in the 6:15-8:15/km range depending on the terrain, the temperature, how far I've run already, in varying combinations.

It's a comfortable pace. My average time for 5k (since completing Couch to 5k) is 36:52 with a PB of 33:29. Almost all of my running is, however, done at a faster pace than the calculator suggests is my easy pace of 8:45/km.

Should I slow down, or should I just carry on running at the pace I run at, which is simply whatever it happens to be on any given run?

Running World Pace Calculator


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Monday night was supposed to be long run night, but I cut it short to 5k on account of the weather deciding it was going to take a turn for the bloody awful while I was out. So, last night I decided to try again, and off I duly set.

Something wasn't quite right, and as I ground to a halt at around the 2k mark, I figured out what it was; I was bored.

Not bored of running, but just bored in general, with the weather, with my choice of route; the knowing that in 5 minutes I'd be at the fork in the path, five minutes after that I'd be into the woods, another ten minutes ad I'd be at the far end of the village, fifteen minutes later I'd be cresting the hill about to start the long downhill section towards the church. I've done it so many times, I could probably do it blindfolded.

Familiarity, as they say, breeds contempt. I may not have been feeling actually contemptuous, but I definitely wasn't feeling like continuing the run.

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