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Hi. I have a number of questions.
1) I ran my first ever 10k race about two weeks back (Hyde Park Jog organised by British Heart Foundation) and my time was 61 minutes 57 seconds. Here's the thing. In practice sessions, my time is roughly 67 minutes (I started running about 3 months back and am very slow unfortunately) and though I was definitely running faster at the race, I can't imagine it being that much faster. Is it possible that the distance was less than 10k?
2) I am running another one on 18th November. Is it possible for me to reduce my time to anything less than 1 hour in about 5 weeks (59m 59s will do!)? If yes, does anyone have any useful training tips?
3) Finally, I ran 13k last weekend and not only did my left foot really start hurting by the end, I also have some tightness in my right calf. Does this mean I am over-training given my current fitness level? Also, what remedial measures can I take?
Any insights on the above three questions will be much appreciated. 2) is the real priority though. Thanks!