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Rob is a self confessed running geek, obsessed with all things related to the sport, whether road, track or triathlon.
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As a runner it’s easy to become obsessed with two things; distance and speed. Whether you’re training for a marathon or a 5k, a weekly long run is often part of the training, as are speed session, fartleks, hill repeats and all manner of other specific sessions. Sometimes though, this can mean you pile too much pressure on yourself. “I HAVE to run for 60 minutes tonight” or, “I NEED to do at least 10x hill reps at 20% gradient”…etc etc. If you’re feeling tired, have a nagging injury or a series of races to rest for, it can often be good to fit in a nice 30 minute run at a relaxed pace to keep the legs ticking over. No pressure and no targets.

The Session

A meandering run around my village’s streets with my head-torch. This is mind numbingly boring when it’s the 50th time of running the same roads – but necessary. I just balance this out with my amazing summer evening runs!

So it was a 7k run with no faster bits, or big hills – just fairly evenly paced except for the slower warm up.


Distance: 7km
Time: 32:03
Average pace: 4:35 m/km

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