I started running in May 2010, and did a 10k for Cancer Research in October that year. Not accurately timed, as not a race, nut did it in about an hour. Then last year did a 10k in just over 54 mins, this year just over 50. So I'm sure you can improve a lot too. When you're used to running 3-4 times a week again, suggest you do a speed session once a week - intervals or fartlek. Maybe also a tempo run, and 2 easy runs. And if there's a parkrun near you, try that - great fun.
you can definatly improve your timing, i did a 10k run in 59 minutes and at the time thought 'that was easy...lets do the half marathon' so without thinking, i signed up for that...id based the timings around how i did in the 10k so aimed at completing it in about 2 hours...with the right training and dieting i reached my goal and was chuffed to bits! i think when you just get on with it you dont really think give yourself time to think about the negatives that can often surrounding training, you just need to listen to your body and rest when you need to, eventually overtime youll see an improvement. Out of curiosity, how much are you hoping to knock off your time in the next 10k?
Similar to yourself twinkie (although im a man) im 31 and up until August last year had done very little exercise since school (played the odd game of football but not regularly)
l ran the Doncaster 10k earlier in the year and got a time of 54m 50s but that included me grinding to a halt 3 times due to heavy legs. I've been out running 3 times a week for a few months now and my ipod is saying im on course for running a 10k in well under 50 mins (all being well under 45)
The improvements you can make at first are huge but you do need to increase your weekly mileage A.S.A.P.
I'm ten years older than you () but for what it's worth.... I did my first 10k in Manchester, 2011, after 3 months of 3 times a week running from a starting point of being fairly unfit I got a time of 50:16. The same race and a year later after a fairly inconsistent year of 3 times a week running (with the odd gaps for getting married, honeymoon, and minor injuries) I managed 48:33. If I had been more thorough with training, I reckon I could have got a minute or 2 better, so I think you could get the improvement you wanted with the right training as you have youth on your side!
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