I am pretty new to running, ran a 10k last year and looking to do a few this year.
I have been reading about target mileage that I should build up to with a long run, speed training etc but after I have reached this level through building up weekly and completed my race do I maintain this level or train down a bit?
I realise 10k isn't a massive distance and the weekly mileage should cause over training if scheduled well.
as you say 10k isnt massive, but its still a decent level of running. For you to train well for the 10k i personally would recommend building up to 10 mile LSR's.
this way the 10k is easily achievable and may even feel easy. THEN you can think about speed work if thats the way you want to stay.
what time are you aiming for?
As for after its up to you if you want to further your running or stay the same mileage but just bust out some speedy sessions (intervals/fartlek etc)
55mins is easily beatable off just slow running week in week out! consistency is the main thing which sounds like you didnt have!
Put it this way, im training for a marathon and off that consistent training ive improved a 46min first 10k time down to 42/43. when i eventually start to crack out the 40 mile weeks no problem, i should be closer to the 40min mark .
The LSR may seem pointless to alot of people (why am i running slow, if i want to go fast? ) but trust me it works.
once your confortable at that amount of training it sounds almost like you want to say 'been there done that' and move on to the next thing? keeping up a weekly mileage may seem like a chore to most people but its not that hard once your there
do you really enjoy the running or is it just a sense of achievement? its all really down to your personal goals at the end of the day.
Good, dont think too much into it. just get out there and do some running
when you at the target mileage, just keep at it, obviously you can do more if you feel or less. speed work will work wonders once your comfortable at the mileage.
i dont see 45 being much of a problem
Hi Aaron and Jason, I'm new to running myself and did my first 10K today. My initial goal was to build up the time I could sustain on my feet and I've massively improved. From about 3 mins at christmas to well over an hour now. I want to keep my running interesting and mix it up a bit. Can I do this as well and building up a weekly mileage?
I don't like targets because you have illustrated very well that targets become limits
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