Welll it took me a good year before I entered a half.....my first event was a 10k and I have enjoyed it as a distance. But I'd like to do a half without feeling like I did on the last one.
It is more about running regularly, I find I like having everything planned out so I don't have to think about anything except getting myself out of the door. Did you get your schedule from runners world?
I am struggling a bit with how to develop the running. I have been running for a year and a halfish. Took part in a few 10ks, one or two 5ks, and recently did first half at Great North Run. Have OKish times (2hrs3mins for half) which would probably be much improved if I trained more, but I tend to only run three times a week.
Problem: when I started I was simply amazed that I was running at all. Improvement seemed constant (hooray!). I also used beginners training plans which was good for me as I didn't have to think much and just knew that Monday meant 3 miles, Weds3.5 miles faster, etc.
Now my expectations of what is possible are higher and a 2.5 m run in the week is not really enough but I'm not doing so well at making time for more. Been along to two sessions of a running club, and then missed two sessions. Need to get back but missing other sessions tends to make a spiral!
I seem to do better when I am working towards an event, and I don't have to think too much about. But beginner plans not interesting enough (and like a challenge) - intermediate plans seem a bit beyond current fitness levels. Might help to do an event and feel well prepared: GNR was pretty grim for the last mile and I'm sure I could contribute that in part to being underprepared in terms of long runs I got in.
So what's the point of this post? I'm hoping anyone could point me in the direction of training plans for not quite beginner, not quite speedy club runner. I'd be interested in what other people did in the not quite a beginner but not that fast stage. Are there any threads on forums of people in same situation (don't seem to do too well with the search function on this forum). How much do other people run? What kind of cross training?
Any ideas/ experience welcomed - I am feeling a bit in a plateau!
Don't post much but just had to post in on this one - I've been temping at a largish company after only ever having worked for 3 person operations: it's a source of constant fascination to me what people eat for lunch! Lunches I have noted: cupasoup, and only cupasoup (?): tinned tomatos on toast (ew): drinking 6 bottles of diet coke a day: the amount of crisps people eat......Endlessly fascinating. The comments I draw are 'is all that for you? But you're slim!' at which point I expain that I run in order to eat cake. I eat a mix of useful and not useful food: this morning it was porridge, but it depressed me so I put chocolate raisins in it. Then I had a homemade bean burrito and side salad. Then I had about 5 chocolate cornflake cakes. I don't do well with restricting food, so increased activity is my weight management tool. I am the person who could get through a pack of nuts and choc raisins in a day, I just don't look like I could
Are you kidding? I was so excited when I saw my (admittedly puny) calf muscles devlop after 6 weeks that I was showing evvvveryone them. Apparently no one can see them apart from me And then when I started doing press ups and got some guns, there was a week there I had to be held back from showing them to complete strangers. I've never had muscle definition in my life, it's deeply pleasing! Would love some visible abs, but I just don't think I'm willing to cut out the pies that hide them. But as for visible muscles, it's like a badge saying 'hours worked on'. I love seeing the effects made visible (well to me at least) of my hard work!
I wouldn't run in a park at night. But then I wouldn't walk alone in a park at night, especially not in an urban area. I'm a bit twitchy about early mornings too, there being a few cases when I was growing up of women being assaulted on their way into work on an early morning. There is not letting your life be controlled by morons, and there is taking unneccessary risks. I have run quite late at night, solo and had raised eyebrows from family and friends. I do love running in the evening, but if an SO had concerns I could accomodate it. I don't think it's controlling, it's just a bit of overestimating the risks. If there is an acceptable alternative, I don't see running in the park as a great idea.