alex_h's training

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12/07/2011 at 20:04

OK, so an update on what's happened over the last 2 weeks...let's call them weeks 3 and 4 of base building.

First...weighday 27/06 =  lost 0.6lbs - total weight loss = 1lb - weight 14st 3lb

Week 3

4 runs - 19.55m

1 bike session

Lost 1.2lb - total weight loss 2.2lb - weight 14st 1.8lb

Week 4

5 runs - 23.99m

lost 1lb, so now 14st 0.8lb and have lost 3.2lb so far. So, I am getting there!

Now I am building up the mileage and aiming for 30 miles p/w. I plan to build up to this over the next 3 weeks (starting yesterday)

Contemplating when to enter a race...just to get a 5/10k time. I'd like to do one before the baby arrives at the beginning of October (11 weeks this Sunday). But will be struggling to train for it adequately (i.e. a 8-12 week plan). Thinking that I need another 2 weeks after this week to build up to target mileage (30 miles) then 4 weeks maintaining that mileage and adding strides.

Is there merit in just getting a time recorded? Say in 7 weeks time? (after the targets above are achieved) so that I can structure goal times etc around that in a training plan. My Marathon time is an inaccurate benchmark, due to the injury, so only have my HM from March to go on. I just feel that I'm in a completely different place to where I was and should be starting from scratch! 

Any advice?
12/07/2011 at 21:09

Hi Alex..... It depends on what you want.... Some people are happy just to run without ever considering doing a race... And others like the challenges running brings...

I would recommend geting a 5k under your belt, plenty mid-week events and parkruns knocking around at the moment......  With the training your doing you could quite easy knock out a 5k this week, most are enter on the night....Also consider joining a club, most do monthly time trials which would also be a benifit....

Once you've got a 5k time.... Then use the "Training Pace Calcalator" on this site, which will give you the pace for the session you are doing.....

Good Luck in what you decide...

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