Oh god, are we going to get one of those "my mate Ted did a 28 min 10K off 30 miles/week, drinking lots of beetroot juice" anecdotes? Interested to see a long list of world class distance runners who weren't banging out 100mpw.
Think he's targeting a 2 hour marathon, Scott, but even if it's a 5-10K race then high mileage is the way to go. Anything else is either mad or dangerous, or both.
Samir - you know at this point all you need to think about is just knocking out a few months of slow/steady stuff in increasing quantities. Get yourself up to 90+ miles a week and your times over all distances will improve in the process.
You can still, therefore, entertain and thrill us whilst beating Scott, establishing a great aerobic base and resistance to injury and finding out a little more about what options you have and how good you're going to be.
I once arrogantly assumed I could break 7 mins since I could comfortably row at 8 min pace..... But my god I got nowhere near. Nearly killed me and I gave up after about 2/3 mins
You've got to keep it going I assume?
Samir - do not join a club. You are too maverick to fit in and will end up being indoctrinated by the bullshit that has taken uk long distance running from glory to a shambles. Find your own way, learn by your own mistakes like the 70/80s runners did.
Did Seb Coe win gold because he had some ill-informed coach at a club, or did he do it with the help of his open minded dad and some independent research? What about Ron Hill or Bill Adcocks? I don't recall Paula Radcliffe getting into world record shape by getting injured at club nights....she was alone in the mountains somewhere.