A couple of years ago I was struggling to break the 2:00 mark and joined a thread with lots of other helpful forumites all aiming to do the same. Some great advice and encouragement.
I can't find a sub 1:50. I'm sure there must be one. Anyway if not I'll start one, if there is someone will guide me to it.
Currently have a PB of 1:54. I ran a cold hilly half last Sunday in 1:55 but struggled to breathe due to cold. Was tired in the afternoon but have done 2 10mile runs this week with no issues, 2nd one was faster than my normal 10mile.
Running 3 times a week.
LSR 13-20miles. Done at around 10:00/mile. I think I should step this up to 9:30/mile
10mile average 9:10 mile with some sections of flat at 8:00/mile and some slow steep hills.
4mile as fast as possible. Currently averaging 8:00/mile. Again with hills.
So anyone want to join me in trying to break this.
I struggled with two HM's a year apart at 2:06 and 2:09 (worse the second year with more running!) - then I grabbed the runners world full marathon training plan for sub 4 hours (modified it a bit, but kept the long runs). 3 months later managed a 1:46 with a couple of "stops". I also ran 5 days a week rather than 3.
The full marathon plan (or rather the long runs) worked for me as I lacked the endurance - and the psychological advantage of considering 13 miles a "short" run by the end of it helped massively. First HM of the year next Sunday, not as fit as I was back in Sept, but hoping for a sub 1:50.
Run 5 times a week and your times will drop.
Would help if I read all the replies. Like Daeve said. Also increase the length of the 8 min miles.
Yes jog on.
I had good results with this RW plan, extending some of the long runs to over HM distance:
Tell you what, DF3, if you beat any of my HM times at Reading I will promise to post you the medal I got for whichever race time you beat (or other race memento if no medals).
I'll let you know if you beat it.
Taxi Driver wrote (see)
TimR -- At the recent Bath Half Marathon a guy in the VM65+ category finished in 1:14:36 and a guy in the VM60+ category finished in 1:11:29... Those are times that certainly inspire me... Like you I am 44. I think that doing intervals certainly helped me... I started by doing 1K at target race pace followed by 1k at easy pace but then eventually dropped the easy bit to 2 mins. Hopefully some more knowledgeable runners will join this thread with some other good/better advice.
I'm sure I can work up to a GFA for London by the time I'm 50
In the Sub 2:00 there were a few of us all posting race times as we approached the 2:00 mark and reporting on training runs etc. It was a good thread. I'm just surprised there aren't loads of people aiming for 1:50. Maybe they're all trying to jump from 2:00 to 1:45!
Maybe everyone is more concerned with "The Marathon" at the moment.
Can't see any, and I can't change the thread title so I'l have to stick with this one until I'm consistenetly under 1:45 then...
what do you have to do to be an improper runner?
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