6 days to go ...

... until my last race of the year.

I can't say that I've been training as much or as hard as I really would have liked, but this latter half of the year has not been the best for me in terms of personal motivation. That said, though, I've still managed around 25 miles a week and largely kept up with the speedwork since the Bristol Half Marathon at the beginning of October.

I've given up on the idea of any drastic tapering before a 10K race - it certainly didn't do me any real harm to train before Barnsley a few weeks ago, so I'll continue pretty much as normal with training this week, commencing with speedwork today at the gym. Tomorrow, I'll either do a 5-mile run or an hour of cross-training on the elliptical traininer, then it's the club run on Wedenesday (although most of the usual runners are having a Christmas meal that night, so it'll only be a handful of us). Thursday and Saturday are rest days, but I might squeeze in an easy session at the gym on Friday just to keep everything loose.

So, assuming all is well on Sunday, this will be my last chance of the year to exceed my target of 40 minutes for the 10K. Certainly after running 40:43 personal best on a hillier course at Barnsley, I think there's a good chance of me getting close or perhaps just under the target. However, a lot does depend on whether or not it's a windy day, as most of the course is through exposed open countryside. I'd love to beat 40 minutes, but I'll be happy if I can manage to set another personal best.

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