Haha, thanks for all the responses and advice, that snot-rocket video was hilarious T Mouse. I had a good fartlek training session this morning so I should start seeing improvements if I keep it up. I'll try to ignore my friends, I guess I'm a bit over sensitive I've started looking into running clubs.
When I started I could hardly run 7 minutes, I would set my self a distance like 3k and do it as slowly as I liked, alternating between walking and running as I pleased. Eventually set yourself targets once you've established that you can do the distance (eg atleast 15 mins solid running at some point during run) and then start to increase as you become more confident.
It is generally best to build up endurance and distance foundations first and then work on speed. Make sure you give yourself lots of recovery time and protein rich foods. Don't give up, if you have a bad run don't beat yourself up over it and just continue as before.
Finally, GOOD LUCK, you've set yourself a brilliant target and I hope you achieve it.
Thanks for the advice and support (John Casy- that sounds awful, but well done! You showed them!), I'm feeling a lot better now. They're probably all used to watching Usain Bolt on TV so I look pathetic in comparison. Anyway, I'm going out for a speed training run tomorrow morning along the cliffs to try and up my time. I'll look into joining a local running club. I've still got time as I can't enter any longer races for at least another year because of my age, maybe that will put it in perspective.
Hi, I'm a 15 year old girl and I've been running since last easter and love it. I've trained myself up from a healthy-low weight and almost zero fitness to running two 6 mile runs and a 13 miler weekly. I am planning on running a marathon when I'm 18 (I'll start training for it when I'm 17) and a half marathon when I'm 17. I am very proud of my progress so far and know I must be relatively fit now because I'm quite toned, have very good lungs when I go diving and can outlast the rest of my class in aerobics. I'm feel so much better about myself now as I've never been even remotely fit before.
However, recently a couple of my mates have seen me out running and have said that I run 'like a granny' and am 'awful at it'. I am very self conciousness and my confidence has take a huge blow, I am dreading the run tomorrow as I don't want to have to go through the town and be seen. I run 6m/10k in about 1 hour 5 minutes, and half marathon distance in 2 and a half hours and seriously want to improve to a better time, as I can't afford a fitness coach so any advice would be great. I'm wondering if strength and flexibility would help? I've always been last in sprint races but my endurance is quite good. I don't know any other runners and my family hates exercise of any sort so I've had my training has probably been quite unbalanced and illadvised.