So I can run for 30 minutes

...what next?

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06/02/2003 at 13:47
Over the last month I've gradually increased my running so I can now do 30 minutes continuously and still feel OK when i finish, just like the 'beginners guides' say (bloody miracle frankly, thought it would take far longer than that!). I plan to do another couple of wks of 30 min runs to consolidate -- but what next? Should i just be going for increased time out running, or keep the same route but try for a quicker time? anything else i'd do well to be thinking about at this early stage?
06/02/2003 at 14:02
It depends on what you want to do. You can try for a quicker time or you can try and increase your distance. Personally I would go for the distance. You could think about entering a 10k and then working towards a half marathon but again it depends on where you want to go with this running malarky. As you get stronger you will probably increase your speed anyway.
06/02/2003 at 14:06
nikkus - many congratulations on getting to 30 mins. It feels fab, doesn't it? It might be worth getting your mitts on Bob Glover's The Runners Handbook (Penguin) which has lots of advice on what to do once you're at the 30 mintue mark.
06/02/2003 at 15:57
meerkat -- yes, it feels great.! thanks for the book recommends, will check it out.

bobolink -- i don't really know where i want to go with it yet.. at the moment i'm mainly running first thing in the morning (6ish or so), so jst looking for things to keep my motivation up! maybe see if i can do a 10k in march...
06/02/2003 at 16:29
well done. feel's great doesn't it?

definately sign up for a 10K. once you finish your first race (no matter what time) I'm sure you'll become very addicted.

It's a good goal to keep up the motivation=running.
07/02/2003 at 10:38
E-pixie: oh yes, i know the no turning back thing well -- i took up rock climbing a couple of years ago and went through a similar process. am now a committed and regular climber, but the thrill of getting into something new again and achieving those first important goals has been just great. (also, i'm a rubbish climber but my running progress has been better than i'd hoped, at least so far.) :-) Good luck with the half.
07/02/2003 at 16:19
The world is your oyster now!

You can do lots of different types of run building on your basic 30mins, and the variety helps to keep the motivation going even if you don't want to commit to a race distance just yet.

Try longer slow runs, building up your endurance. Try doing the middle 10 mins of your run at a faster pace. Try adding some hilly routes for a challenge. Try not to fall into the trap of always trying to "beat the clock" by running the same route faster each time, or you soon become a slave to your sports watch and all the fun goes out of it.

Congratulations on your determination so far, and enjoy your running future.
07/02/2003 at 16:37
Hey, well done Nikkus. Keep the progression simple. Try adding ten minutes to alternate runs for two or three weeks so that the build-up continues steadily.
07/02/2003 at 17:22
LynneW -- my route is quite hilly enough already! its a challenge to find flat bits... ;-)
taking the various bits of advice above on board, i'm now thinking maybe a 10k in march. - not to train for it specifically, jst keep increasing my runs gradually then turning up on the day and seeing what happens. thanx all. ;-)
07/02/2003 at 23:05
Sounds good to me - if your home territory is hilly and your chosen 10k is flat, you'll breeze around it.
07/02/2003 at 23:48
Enter a 10K race and run for 30 minutes - just make sure you reach the finish within your alloted time.

Good Luck!
17/08/2004 at 14:23
Hi there, can someone advise me on my training, I'm trying to do an every other day training sessions, with curcuit trianing in there once a week. Will the curcuit training help.My first goal is to do well in the swansea 10k. I'm using other 10k events as long run training. Thanks
08/04/2005 at 13:04
Hello there, any advice is good ive been running for about six months and am doing a 10K in july. Ive never thought about distances so i just run!! whats a good time for a 10K? i run for about an hour most runs and havnt a clue how far it is! i bought a pedometer with a built in radio but the distance or the radio doesnt work!! Which was helpfull, anyone got a pedometer which is good so i know before i buy another one?!
08/04/2005 at 13:15
Dominic - do you drive? Could you drive your route and work out the distance that way? (That what i did this weekend - or at least my other half drove and I spent the journey saying 'really?! REALLY! THAT FAR!' - it was a mile more than i thought - and at the moment every mm counts.

Other suggestions I've seen have been a map & a picece of string - which actually sounds more efficient than a noniworking pedomiter!

Nikkus - congrats! It really does feel great.
08/04/2005 at 13:17
i do, sounds obvious really! Thanx
20/06/2006 at 13:12
If you're looking to work out distances, try this:

This is ActiveRoutes - based on Google Maps - you plot your route and it tells you how far you've gone... Not checked it for accuracy though, and am only a begiiner, but it 'feels' about right.
20/06/2006 at 22:41

The 30 mins barrier broken - congrats.

The reason it is seen as special, is that you should now have enough stamina to start working on speed, but only if you feel confident in doing so.
If you want to push on with increasing distance, say up to the 1 hour mark, you wouldn't be wrong. Decisions decisions!

Dominic - a good map (pathfinder type not a streetmap) and stiff string (or the edge of an envelope and pencil) is accurate enough for now.
03/02/2007 at 19:12

I have done exactly the same as you, my 30 mins run was last tuesday. I am now doing a fast mile on saturday and long run on sunday with a minute stop afer 15mins same again and then keep on running until I hit my target distance which is 5.5 miles tomorrow. I done a fast mile today ( fast for me anyway 8 mins ) Every week I plan to add ).5 mile until I get up to 7.5miles I am also doing a couple of short fast runs of 3 miles during week. I bought a garmin 101 of amazon wonderful tool. I am training for 10k at end of March. Comments on my schedule would be appreciated. I am simply aiming for sub one hour for 10k should I be aiming lower.
03/02/2007 at 19:37
run for an hour
03/02/2007 at 20:29
Is an hour not a big jump from 30
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