I've been a long term lurker on this thread now and managed a 37:31 at the Bristol 10k on Sunday (previous pb was 39:49 from September last year) so thought I might just about be at a level now where I can make some sort of relevant contribution to the thread rather than just use all your training ideas!
I started running just over a year ago and so I'm hoping I'm still on an improvement curve, though I doubt I will be taking that sort of chunk off again!
My plan for the next few months is to try and improve my 5k time of 18:17 and then concentrate on my first half marathon in October. I'm averaging around 50 miles a week currently and I've found this thread very motivational seeing how the consistent training seems to pay off in the long run.
Stevie, I came out at 10.15k on my Garmin for Bristol as well as a few others I spoke to. I was sure I was cutting as many corners as I could! Would not be surprised if it's a long course.
I reckon you still have plenty of improvement left if you have only been training seriously for 6 months, but I know what you mean regarding not really knowing how good your performance was. Since I don't race regularly at the moment when I get a pb I don't know if I nailed it or whether there's 15/30/45 seconds more in the tank on a different day/conditions.
I'm hoping I can get comfortably below 18 minutes over the summer if I avoid any more injuries, and for Cardiff I have put 1:23 as an estimated time but this might be a bit ambitious! I've been consistently over 50 miles a week this year so I'm hoping that the uninterrupted training will start to pay off.
3:10 sounds like a reasonable target, I think a marathon could be very painful if you go out too hard, probably better to finish your first marathon thinking there's a bit more to come than hitting the wall and putting yourself off for life!
That's a very nice 10k there SB. A lot of people I speak to seem to get pb's at other distances when training for the marathon, I'll have to get involved! What's your target for the marathon and which one are you doing?
I'm running my second 10k in May in Bristol and am hoping for something in the region of 37:30, based on an 18:17 5k I ran about a month ago. I think the plan then will be to try and concentrate on some speedwork over the summer to improve the 5k, then doing the Cardiff Half Marathon in October.
Mattl very nice 10k at Salford, unbelievable time considering how long you've been running seriously. (I'm always lurking on the SG thread!)