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I am trying to follow the Hal Higdon 10k intermediate plan. I have a 10k on 23rd Sept.
I started running last October and trained for the London Marathon with a friend. This is the only race I have done and didn't chase a time, just wanted to enjoy it and finish. I did it in 5.13.13 (thanks to a 20minute wait for portaloos!!)
I still run but just casually as and when I feel like it so entered this 10k as something to work towards and because I'd like to get faster. I wanted to follow the intermediate training plan as I enjoy interval training/tempos etc and feel like I'm getting more out of my running time.
However I have just been so exhausted that I have not run for the past three days. My problem is my daily routine.
Mon- Fri I get up at 6.30am, have a cup of coffee and leave at 7/7.15 to cycle to work (I live in London so cycling saves me over £100 a month and I enjoy it). I arrive at my gym by my work at 8/8.15 and some days I do about 20 minutes of weights. I shower and go to work and have breakfast at 9.30am at my desk. I work in a desk job and so am sat down all day so often I'll walk around outside at lunch time and eat when I get back into work. After work I cycle home and arrive home at about 7.30pm. By this point I'm normally tired and hungry. If I then go out running that easily takes me to about 8/8.30. Then I must shower again and cook, eat and really I need to be in bed by about 10.30pm in order to get up again at 6.30am.
Basically I'm doing about 2 hours cycling a day plus some occasional strength training and I just need some advice.
Has anyone managed a respectable 10k by not running 6 days a week in training?
I'm confident with the distance - I just really wanted to work on my speedwork.
Does anyone else cycle to work and run aswell? Is it just a case of never having any freetime/downtime?
I would appreciate some words of wisdom.