I’ve been running to keep fit for a couple of years but up until now haven’t plucked up the courage to run in an organised 10k race.
A few times I’ve been close to signing up and then talked myself out of it.
The thought of being the slowest guy on a course and being picked up by the sweeper bus gives me the heebee jeebees.
I’m pretty sure that won’t happen but it remains in the back of my mind.
After a bit of encouragement though, I have finally signed up for my first 10K race.
Scottish 10K Race
The Scottish 10K conveniently starts and finishes just up the road from me at Musselburgh Racecourse.
So it would seem to be the perfect one to start with.
The route’s mostly flat and so long as the wind’s not too strong should give me a chance for a decent time.
It goes along the so called Golf Coast from Musselburgh to Cockenzie and back.
I’ve run the course many times in the past whilst I’ve been out training.
And entering the race has given me the opportunity to work towards a goal.
I was already training with 24 September in mind but now it finally feels real with about eight weeks to go.
Garmin Forerunner 735XT
A few months ago, I bought a Garmin Forerunner 735XT after I started to get more serious about running.
I used to have a Fitbit Surge prior to that but it lacked the functionality I wanted from a fitness watch.
It was a fair old chunk of money to buy the Garmin watch but I’d saved up for months to get it.
It’s designed to be a lightweight triathlon watch really but I can’t see me ever doing one of those.
I hate swimming.
I like that you can add your own workouts onto the watch and follow them when you’re out running.
It’s also integrated with Strava segments.
When I’m out running and I don’t have a programmed workout active on my watch, I get notified when I’m approaching a segment.
During the run, my watch lets me know how I’m doing against my own Personal Record, people who I’m friends with on Strava and the course record.
When I run the Scottish 10K, it can help keep me on target for a decent time.
With Garmin Connect IQ, you can download watch faces, widgets and data fields.
I’ve added a pacing datafield to my watch so I can make adjustments during the race if I need to.
I’ve used a few different systems to train.
Before I bought the Garmin Forerunner 735XT, I used to use Runtastic and run it in parallel with the Fitbit Surge.
That was far from ideal.
Then I decided to make use of the training plan from McMillan Running which comes as part of my Strava Premium membership.
There was a lot of manual input required for that as each training session was sent to me by email.
After that I tried the Level 2 10K race training plan which is available through Garmin Connect.
That didn’t make me feel like I was progressing or indeed pushing me hard enough.
Now I’m using Train As One to help with training instead.
It analyses your past workouts to provide a training plan based on your health, fitness level, time available to train and your goals.
After you’ve completed each training session it reviews the data and optimises future workouts to keep you on target to achieve your goals.
It integrates with Strava and Garmin watches and you can download each workout to your watch.
How Do You Keep Fit?
I started out running to keep fit and gradually it’s become a hobby and then an obsession.
Do you run to keep fit? Do you take part in races? What’s your next one?
Please let me know in the comments section below.