Ran a HM about a week ago at a 10:05 or so pace. Been taking it easy this week for recovery. Looking to do a 10K in about 6 weeks and while I want to train I don't want to get wrapped up in a specific training plan like I did for the HM. Not worried about a PR but a time under 55:00 would be nice.
Would like to run 4 days a week, was thinking of 3 6-mile runs in the week and a longer run (8 miles) on the weekend. Will focus on getting the pace to 9:00/mile or better in the week but keep the longer runs on the slow relaxed side.
Does this seem like a reasonable plan? Do I need to worry about tapering before the 10K?
How did you feel about your half-marathon - pace, effort, etc.? Because it doesn't project to a 55 minute 10K, more like 59 minutes. But, assuming that 55 is realistic, the 9 minute pace on your weekday runs is OK for one run, as a tempo run, but is otherwise faster than you should be training, at 9:40 or so. And your long run should be around 10:30 pace. You might consider one shorter run during the week, and working your long run up to 10 miles.
I felt good about the pace on the HM...the course was a bit tough with an elevation gain of around 250 feet on the leg out and some dirt and rocky roads thrown in. On an easier course I think I could have broken a 10:00 pace. Effort was pretty much all out at the end but I only had some minor soreness a day or two later.
I was thinking 55:00 on the 10K because last year when I ran the same race I did it in 53:40. Not all that concerned about a PR, just want to enjoy going out this time around.
Just did a long run over 9 miles this morning, felt good to get back out after the HM. Do need to slow down though, overall pace was just under 10:00...I tend to run how I feel which changes throughout the run. Will work on taking your advice about slowing down.
The pace business is a little deceptive. It could be that you don't race as fast as you should, based on your training pace. 53:40 on your 10K is a lot closer based on a 10:00 long run training pace. When I was training at 9:00 - 9:30, my 10K pace was around 7:30 and my half-marathon pace 8:00. If you can routinely do, say, 12 miles at a 10:00 pace, you should be able to get near or even under two hours for the half.