May might be pushing it to get under 2 hours, but 6 months definitely if you put the effort in. 1:30 is a different ball game... I wouldn't even think about it unless you can run a mile in under 6 minutes.
But it doesn't matter, you have a sensible very achievable goal of 9 minute miles, go and do it!
The first three posts here are worth a read, and say what I would say in a lot more detail!
JakeUK wrote (see)
How I am now wishing I had carried on running beyond junior school, feels like I have wasted half a lifetime playing football and golf etc!!
I am 44 female
I can relate to so much you have said I started seriously running around 8 months ago, before that was treadmill in the gym then at home. Once I ventured out on the road I was truly addicted and really love it. I have joined 2 running clubs, completed a fair few 5 and 10K races, road and trail, and am doing my first HM at Silverstone on 11th March
I too think back to my school days when I was pretty good at cross country and wonder why I never carried on with running I guess thats just part of life though. I can honestly say that its changed my life, I have virtually given up drinking (and I seriously liked my wine) lost weight for the first time without dieting and take more care about what I eat and drink
The way I look at it is, all the years I didn't run my body has not suffered so I should be able to run now until I am very old
Enjoy your running and good luck for future races and goals
I joined the forum as soon as I started road running and I can honestly say everyone on here has been so helpful, encouraging, informative and lovely to me I really coundn't have done without them and their advice on many occasions
I will let you know how I get on with the HM
You come across as a hugely motivated person and that resonates with me. I think you've got every chance of achieving all your goals, given a reasonable amount of time.
I'm 48, I got to a sub 2 hour half mara in 6 months from nothing last year, and I didn't have your background in aerobic conditioning or running 5k on a treadmill.
It's definitely achievable from your recent HM result, but nobody can reliably say if you'd do it by May. There are so many factors - how will your body stand up to the increased training mileage, are you able to do enough but stay wide of injury, will you meet your weight-loss goal, how will you pace yourself on the day, blah blah.
The 1: 30 thing, that's something else. It'sprobably helfpul to think of each 5 minutes off your HM time as being a significant improvement...you could well achieve this, but it may be wise to have several sensible intermediate goals and keep it as a long-term plan for the time being?
Best of luck, keep us all posted!
JakeUK, yes, I was pleased with the time. Unfortunately, I developed an achilles tendon injury the very next weekend in a hmble 5K parkrun and that put me out of action for 5 months.
But that's all behind me now and very much a useful part of the learning experience. I now train when I feel recovered from the previous session, not just because my schedule says it's a traning day!
Go at it with a level-headed attitude, constantly scan your body for signs of overtraining, always take a day, two or three days off if you've overcooked it, and you'll steadily improve and meet your goals and enjoy yourself in the process.
Keep us posted, right?
Hi Jake, it's great that you've got these baseline paces now in you now.
Even if it doesn't feel like it, there's a benefit in building a nice base of miles at your 10k pace and also somewhat slower.
Have you got a tempo run/ lactate threshold run in your schedule once a week? That will help the speed side of things - that was my experience, anyway. It can be quite short to begin with. I did around 6 miles once a week for mine when I was training for the HM. Remember, even that shouldn't be too fast - just fast enough that you'd quite like to slow down if you could - stick either term in the search bar and loads of stuff will come up from the experts on here.
Hope you're still having fun and staying motivated - these things are really important!
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