Thanks for the reply Rob - I am a big fan of Parkrun, and used to alternate between running it my son (9yrs old) and using it as a chance to race agaimst the clock and try and get a PB.
i suspect it will be a while before I'm back in shape to try and beat my PB (19:28), but I will definitely be using Parkrun over the next 4 months, both as a chance to measure my progress and as a way of having a nice easy run with my son.
i know what you mean about finding it hard to stick to a plan. Another thing I'm finding hard is not getting demotivated or frustrated by how hard a 4 mile run at 10m/mi pace feels now when that used to be a really easy recovery run.
Still, it feels good to (hopefully) be on a comeback trail, and I'm looking forward to getting back into it.
I haven't been doing much running for a year or so, but am slowly starting to get back into some regular running, and would welcome a bit of advice.
I have entered the Brighton half at the end of Feb and am thinking about what the best way to use the 16 weeks between now and then is?
Given where I'm currently upto in terms of my comeback, I'm not looking to race the half in February, but am simply looking to enjoy it, and get back into the habit of regular running.
So, for about a month now I've been running 2-3 times a week and doing between 3-4 miles each run. My current thinking is that I should spend the next 6 weeks getting my body used to running 3-4 times a week, and gradually increasing the length of one of my runs so that in 6 weeks time I'm running 4 times a week, with my longest run being a nice slow 6-7 miles.
Assuming this goes smoothly, I would then plan to follow a slightly more formal 10 week schedule, and include a couple of 10k races early in the New Year to work out where my fitness has got to, and what kind of pace I should be aiming for...
Does this make sense? Would any of you do it differently?
Have found a bit of running mojo back, and have done 4 runs this week. Slowest was 5k in 30 mins (with my son), quickest was 5miles in 41 mins. I'm hoping 2 more weeks of just running 4-5 times a week will get me up to around 35 miles per week, and then I can decide what I want to start training for.
good to see others training go well - reading about others enjoying their running makes me want to...
Been away from the thread for far too long due to life getting in the way.
Kudos to everyone who's had stonking runs (includes PP, Curly, WJH, Simon and Duck based on the odd bit of lurking I've managed to do)
Double kudos to CB for battling with his stresses and being so open about them.
My marathon plans have been shelved for now due to my job going mental, and the pressure of trying to keep running, deliver on the day job, and be an active contributing member of my family meant something had to give - and running was the easiest, least costly alternative....
I may (hope) to be back at some point, but for now I'm probably best lurking.