I am not a beginner but am currently running like one! I used to run a fair bit, longest race was a 10 miler. Always slow, only just inside 10 minute miles.
I stopped for a few years following a back problem but have been running on and off again for a couple of years now. The problem is I am just getting slower! I am 50 and not unfit (probably not fit either!).
My runs are usually in 5 - 10k region and I run 1 - 3 times a week sometimes subbing a run for the gym.
I've looked at some of the training plans on here but the problem is, I don't have a race pace and an easy pace, I just have running (slowly) and walking
So I would like some tips on how I could get somewhere near where I was before, say 10k inside an hour. Currently it would take me about 66/67 minutes.
Thanks for the response. I'll certainly try to get more regularity in my runs but (and here come the excuses!) work (or rather travelling) always gets in the way. Stil it's wet and miserable here and I of out for what should be an 8.5k route.
BTW, when I say 1-3 runs a week that is outdoors but I do go to the gym as well where I usually run 3-6k. I know readmill running is not as good but it's better than nothing (I hope!).
I'm the same as you, only one pace which is slow pace. However since the New Year I've started doinf an interval session on the treadmill once a week, only 20 minutes or so but it goes like this
5 mins warm up
2 mins recovery
Repeat according to fitness level
5 mins cool down.
What I've found is that it's helped me maintain a better pace on my outdoor runs and I've even mangaged to speed up a bit in the middle of them.
That's a good point. I tried that last year and did notice an improvement, not sure why I stopped
Just completed the 8.5 k run, still very slow but at least I did it!
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