High Ambitions

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16/08/2012 at 09:56

I have always been talented at running, but I have never really done any training, and I had only ran the occasional 1500m race at school until now. After being inspired by the Olympics, I decided to make it a goal of mine to train on a regular basis, and yesterday I completed a 5 mile run organised by a running club in 35 minutes. I'm certain that with regular training, I can run even faster, possibly in 25 minutes. Am I being over ambitious, or do I actually have potential? Any responses are highly appreciated.

16/08/2012 at 10:39

What do your coaches say?  Since you're still at school, you're young enough to give it a damn good shot regardless.  The main thing is to enjoy it, because if you do you'll be better at it.

16/08/2012 at 10:50

I'm not in school any more, haha! I'm 19 years of age, and I haven't really ran that much since school. I just thought I'd give it a go after watching the Olympics. I was pretty surprised with my run time yesterday, and now I want to go really far in running. Anyway, the guy who owns the running club was impressed, and he wants me to go again next week! Thanks for the advice anyway!  

16/08/2012 at 10:55

Oh - sorry; I assumed by your name that you were at school.  What is your ultimate aim?

16/08/2012 at 11:01

To run professionally, I guess! I know that it's going to take a lot of hard work, but now I have refound my love for running, I believe that I can actually do it!

PS I'm the 12th James Lloyd, that's why my name is what it is! Now, to change my username...

16/08/2012 at 11:03

Nope, my bad! I forgot to change my DOB... 

16/08/2012 at 11:15

For a 19 year old to run 5 miles in 35 minutes without any distance training is good. Its an average of 7 minutes per mile. But be very careful when you say you think you can do 25 minutes, this could easily take several years....even for someone young and talented. 25 mins is 5 minute mile pace. Just try one 5 minute mile and you'll realise the enormity of the task in hand.

But enjoy your running and if possible join a club and/or get a coach.

16/08/2012 at 11:41

I know that it's going to take a lot of work, and I understand that the only way I'm going to improve is by running more. I just hope that I'll get better in time really! 

16/08/2012 at 11:46

Well, best of luck with it mate.  Work hard, enjoy it and see what happens.   Seven minute miles, eh; I'd be happy to get mine under ten minutes.   I might join my local running club soon as well, but it's far too late for me to start getting any 'high ambitions' - now, if I'd had this interest in running and fitness as a teenager...

So if any opportunities come your way, grab them with both hands!

cougie    pirate
16/08/2012 at 12:38

5 miles in 35 mins is pretty good.  You'd learn a lot by joining your local running club. I'm sure they'd be glad of you. 

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