We are officially 2 weeks out from the Eynsham 10k and the final road race of the Oxfordshire GP series! Whether you have or haven’t already thought about a race plan or target time, we were hoping to provide a bit of guidance as you approach the final road race of the season. The table below shows predicted 10k times based on your current 5k PB (or Tuesday group you have been training with). All of the Tuesday sessions we have put together will have been preparing you to run the corresponding time (or very near to it) so regardless of your current 10k PB, these times are very much within your capabilities!
Eynsham is a mostly flat, two loop course, which is great for running an even or slightly negative split between the first and second 5k. Based on how you have found the recent Tuesday night efforts, we recommend you approach Eynsham in the following manner:
1. Sessions have been hard but I consistently hit my target splits – Run the first 5k at your target 10k pace and see how much quicker you can run the second 5k based on how you feel at the halfway point
2. Sessions have been difficult and I don’t always hit my target splits – Run the first 5k a few seconds slower per mile/km than your target 10k pace and run the second 5k at or below your target 10k pace based on how you feel at the halfway point
3. Sessions have been very challenging and I rarely hit my target splits – Add 1 minute to your 5k PB or group you have been running with on Tuesdays and run the first 5k just faster than your target 10k pace and gradually increase your pace throughout the second 5k based on how you are feeling.
All of the above race plans are based on an even or slightly negative split and should be achievable but each runner’s circumstances will be unique. We are more than happy to discuss race plan, goal setting, and overall strategy with anyone who wants a bit of extra guidance ahead of the Eynsham 10k (or any race). We hope this helps and are looking forward to a load of 10k PBs at the end of the month!
Your friendly Tuesday session planners,
Dan & Steve