I've spotted in the latest RW that they have a feature on improving 5K times and I had a look at the sub 20 min advice.
Before I decide whether this would be worthwhile, I wondered what people thought. I currently run three times a week and cover between 17-20 miles a week, although I am starting to up this as I'm increasing the distance of my long, slower runs. At the moment I am covering 10-11 miles, but am hoping to more this up to 15 or 16 miles over the summer. My other runs vary depending on the time I've got around work and family, but I generally do one run of around 6K-8k and then another of between 8K and 13k.
Currently, my 5K best (this is just from me out on a run, not a race) 21.51 and I have clocked 48 mins for 10k - although this was just whilst I was out on a longer run so was achieved on a steady, rather than a hard run.
I like the idea of coming under 20 mins, but don't know if I am being a little naive in hoping to knock nearly 2mins off over a fairly short distance. At the same time, I haven't really followed any proper training plans and not consistently done speed work.
Sorry if this is a naive question, but just want a little advice.
Most weeks I manage to run three times - two evenings and then a longer run on a weekend. I'd like to do more, but find it difficult to fit in around work and family.
During my three runs I currently tend to run the following - one 5-8K, one 8-13k and then a longer 10-12 miler at weekends.
I'd like to start upping the distance and here is my question - am I best to try to gradually increase the distance of each of my runs or can I just increase the distance of my weekend run where time is less of an issue?
I don't currently follow a proper program as I run for the enjoyment and to keep fit. However, on my shorter runs I tend to run harder and keep track of my pace more. I also vary my route to put in different challenges. For instance, there is a long, main road not far from where I live and it is a long gradual slope (about 4k) Sometimes I'll leave this until the end of a long run, just to increase the challenge. I'll also vary the mix of road and off-road.
Well, after some shopping around, I've taken the plunge and having found an Octane for only £12 more than I was originally expecting to pay for the classic, I've gone for this. Order placed and dispatched so am looking forward to trying it out. Unfortunately, it probably won't be until next weekend as I won't get a long one run in before then. Looking at the weather, if this holds up, then I think I might be glad to have it
I think the consensus is fairly resounding! I think I'll get myself one. I generally don't bother with anything while running up to 10 miles, but with the (hopefully) hotter weather coming in, I'm thinking it would be a good idea to have something to hydrate with while out and I can't be doing with bottle belts.
I started running as I realised that I had stopped doing sport having been very active in years gone by. Running could fit in around work, kids etc and was a way of helping to get me fit and stop me putting on any extra weight. I wasn't particularly overweight - I could have done with losing maybe half a stone, but nothing drastic.
When I started running I was doing fairly short distances and felt fitter, but no real weight loss. I then got into the 5/2 fast diet with a friend from work - we had both looked into it and decided to give it a go for two days a week.
Having done this for a few months I lost one stone three pounds and have now dropped to fasting just once a week to maintain the weight loss and not lose more.
The upside has been that my running times have come down considerably and my distances have gone up. I am now regularly running three times a week and clocking up between 18 and 25 miles - more when I am on holiday. I am enjoying my running more and feel I am getting more out of it.
So, in short, the distances I was running (5k -8k) didn't do much for losing weight, but having lost weight my running benefitted - and in return, it is helping keep me in good nick - I'm managing my weight pretty easily, but have toned up considerably (to the great expense of needing new clothes) and am feeling better than I have felt in years