Thanks literatin! i might as well shoot for thE stars!
If you are from the IOW, the Gosport Half-Marathon is nearby which is held in November . Its a good race as it is a flat course the whole way through. Would recommend it as a build-up event!
ooh that sounds good as I am doing GSR in October, will be a nice step up! Thanks for the tip!
I was just going to suggest Gosport, it's flat and known to be fast. You've already mentioned that the 10km was hilly, running a flat event in 4 months time at the distance you are interested in will give you a better idea of just what is achievable in another year's time.
If you're on the IOW I was going to suggest next year Ryde 10 (Feb) and IOW Half Marathon (Aug) - both are hilly and will make the GSR and Gosport seem easy
I think you'll find that my increasing your distances a fair bit and building up to 30-40 miles per week and losing some of that weight your times will drop quite nicely. I'm also targeting 1.40 for my next half and came back from having a baby about 15 months ago (having done no running during the pregnancy and for about 8 months afterwards, and getting FAT). So with two years to play with it could be nicely achievable but work on getting your 5k and 10k times down which will give you an idea of whether you are making good progress towards your goal. Going up to about 25 miles a week I was knocking a minute off Parkrun times every month (for a while!). Am up to 40mpw now and improvements have slowed but I still knocked a min off my 10k time in about a month recently (down to 45.12 on a seriously hot day).
You need to be looking towards around a sub-45 10k and a sub-22 5k to make it achievable but don't worry if that sounds intimidating now. Just keep plugging away and those times will drop. It sounds like a really fun event to be a part of and gives you a great longer term goal!
Oh don't worry I do want it, badly! The weight will take time to come off but it will do, in the end as I increase the miles - they go hand in hand I think.
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