Thanks bluenose - by not predicting any times, I hope that will relieve my of any pressure in May - I'm just aiming to run on feel and see what the clock says at the end.. I also only run 5 days and hope that by the end of summer I can emulate that sort of mileage. My current thinking is get through the summer in one piece and then get a good cross country season under my belt, and then get a bit more serious on my training in 2013.
PRF, thanks for sharing that, its really inspiring to see your progression - you seemed to get to a reasonable pace (6min miles) quite quickly (by early 2009) - how did you manage that without injuring your self on speed work?? What sort of mileage and quality were you doing?? The parkruns looked to be a staple of your schedule - I guess they helped to get the legs moving? When I did my 5k a couple of weeks back the legs actually had more to give but I was running my HR at 185 for most of the run! The last mile was almost all uphill and I just got it under 9minutes, maxing my HR out at 195 in the process!! The two guys in front of me were walking up the steep bits....
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