Everyone warned me about how difficult the bike-run transition would be but I haven't found this at all.
Personally, I'm really struggling on the bike (my strongest discipline by a mile) after just 10 minutes in the pool. Feel massively down on power and can't work out how such a short swim does this to me..
I wasn't really doing any structured training as such, just going out 3 or so times a week and trying to improve. I'd previously been more into longer distance running, but realised that I was better over shorter distances.
Luckily my new local run is flat/paved. Yours sounds similar to the Havant one I did a couple of times - absolutely killed me owing to not anticipating the terrain/hills as you say. Did it around 2 minutes slower than usual as I recall.
Thanks for the replies. Perhaps I should report progress back..
Charlie, it's good to hear you've progressed so quickly in a similar position. I'd say it was around April last year I was running 21 mins. Note your comments about alternating some weeks; I've always been all or nothing to be honest and tend to try to maintain a set pace, so perhaps I'll give this ago
I was wondering whether anyone might have some advice for me on this subject.
Last night I went out for the first time in over a year and completed a 5k route in around 27 mins, I used to run it in 21.
I'm interested in joining in with the recently established local park run (part reason for the re-invigoration) and wondered whether I could realistically look to improve simply by covering the distance at max effort every Saturday morning, with maybe a slower and more enjoyable 10k run in the week.
I have no doubt that the first 4-5 minutes will drop off quickly but fear I might plateau once I get close to my PB. I find it really hard to motivate myself for fast training runs; much preferring longer distances at an easier pace and saving my best for when there're other runners around me...
I'm in no place to say yes/no in terms of whether it's going to be good for your health, but:
I decided in February 2012 that I wanted to take part in the Brighton marathon, which was two months away
At the time, I was overweight: 6' 3" and 16st 7. However, I was only 23 so relatively young.
I ran up to 5 times a week, very slowly (11 min mile), and gradually built my distance up from 2 miles. At first, I was struggling after the first mile.
Two months later I'd increased my distance to 16 miles.
On the day, I managed 19 miles before I had to give in and walk the remainder. At the 13 mile point I felt perfectly fine and very strong.
I probably went about it all the wrong way and did myself no good but for me, a half marathon would have been a breeze. There are of course a number of variants such as age, gender and weight, so for you it could be a completely different story!