Thanks for your comments. The 5k time probably is a bit soft. It was set in March/April at the Park Run at Hyde Park in Leeds which isn't the fastest of courses. I ran about 17.30 the year before in York on a much quicker course and I would like to think I can get a bit quicker than that.
The 10k time was a big PB on a quick course just outside Leeds this spring and was a big surprise if I'm honest. If I can get my other times up to equivalent levels I would be very pleased.
So far I haven't felt that the speed is going but I am increasingly finding that doing the faster training at above race pace is like playing russian roulette with my hamstrings and I suspect that will mean that my speed will drop off unless I can fix the problem. Part of the issue is that I am really inflexible although that is getting better under the watchful eye of a physio (like RobT I'm working my way through this year's BUPA allocation) but it's a slow process.
Once I feel I've done everyhing I can at 10k/10 mile I will probably try to increase mileage and give a half marathon a go. Hopefully that's a couple of years off yet.
I thought I'd join in as if nothing else I think I may have the distinction of being the oldest runner on the thread!
I'm 49, 50 in a month or so's time. Ran alot as a kid although to no great standard, had a break and then a few years in my late 30s/early 40s just ran for general fitness. Since mid 40s I have run more seriously (my wife would say obsessively) and now run 45/50 miles a week when fit with 2 or 3 gym sessions thrown in as well.
My times are still improving although increments getting smaller. Best times this year are
10 mile: 61.30
So (if I'm allowed to mention WAVA %ages) I'm around the low 80s. Nowhere near the %ages of RobT who must be in the Julian Goater class!
Targets for 2012 are to 17.15 for 5k, sub 36 for 10k and (this seems a long way off) sub 60 for 10 mile.
Main aim though is just to stay healthy so I can train consistently. As the years go by injuries seem to come along more frequemtly and take longer to heal. I see my physio more often than I see most of my friends!
I've had a 305 for a few years and have also recently acquired a 110. I tend to use the 110 more now although it does have much fewer features. The features the 110 has though are the only ones I ever used, even when using the 305. One benefit the 110 has if you tend to run in he dark at this time of year is a light.
I wouldn't myself want to do all or even most of my running on a treadmill and I recognise the benefits of running on uneven ground etc but for interval work or tempo running it seems to me it can have its place. In my view it can have some advantages over running outside (in terms of mainataining the pace you've set for yourself) even though it does at the same time have some disadvantages as you've mentioned.
Parkrunfan - I've never noticed that but will look out for it now you've mentioned it. I'll also have someone check me out for excessive upward movement!