Hit the road, Matt… Timing is everything in quest to reach 10k goal
14:36 GMT, 25 May 2012
Sportsmail's Matt Lawless has taken up the challenge of running the British 10K powered by Nike+.
Here, he will share the highs, lows, aches and pains of his training during the countdown to the big race in July.
How will he fare in what will be his first-ever competitive run
Keep track of Matt's progress at: www.dailymail.co.uk/sport
Almost a month has passed since my last post and I've clocked a fair few miles pounding the streets of London (and Essex).
That's right, I'm the guy who has been pausing to catch his breath at Marble Arch mid-route to Embankment (Hi).
After weeks of trying and wondering, 'is it really worth it', I've finally caught the running bug – although it seems nobody has told my tired knee joints!
Start me up: Sportsmail's Matt Lawless will join the runners competing in London on July 8
I must confess, like most (unfit) beginners, the start to my training has been relatively tough. I've gone from running for buses to running 5k (the advanced members of the running community scoff).
But as the old adage goes, practice makes perfect and timing is everything.
I was delighted to post a steady 28-minute performance for my first 5k attempt a few weeks ago.
However, with less than two months until the big July 8 race, I'm now working hard to reduce that time with every run while going further.
That's no mean feat when travelling through the congested capital after a long, day in the office (especially in this hot weather). But I'm managing to persevere despite all the aches and pains.
Man with a plan: Matt's training regime is coming together with weeks to go
One key piece of kit I've taken to during my runs is the new Nike+ Sportswatch GPS. I've always been fascinated with technology in sport, particularly how it can enhance performance.
This timepiece is definitely dynamic. It has satalite navigation, powered by TomTom, to trace your every move while recording time, distance, pace, and calories burned.
If GPS is unavailable (if you happen to be running indoors on a treadmill or through a tunnel) it comes with a chip device that is inserted in your running shoe which continues recording data.
Watch out: Matt has been testing out the new Nike+ Sportswatch GPS
SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE
If you’re taking part in the 10k British race and a first time runner like me, I’d love to hear from you and share the journey along the way before the main event.
And if you’re an experienced pacemaker, I’d be keen to hear your thoughts and advice too.
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The statistics are undoubtedly valuable and, once synched on to a computer, they can be helpfully used to evaluate the next steps on your training path.
It has certainly helped me analyse my routes, plan new ones, and identify where my pace is at its premium… or where I'm flagging.
Consistency is the key now. Next week, I'll be stepping up from three runs a week to at least four or five.
If you happen to spot me taking a break in Hyde Park, do pick me up and tell me to get a move on…
For more information on the British 10K powered by Nike+ go to: www.facebook.com/NikeRunningUK