You're right Jamie, I do think the treadmill is a bit flattering on the times - although i've done some 5k's outside and whilst certainly tougher, I found it good going and faired quite well.
I think I need to find some local races and get involved. And you're also right about the 4 / 5 milers after work, all done pretty much at roughly the same pace (not flat out, but not far off) I did pick up an IT band injury a few months back, but since then (touch wood) i've been ok.
I'll take the advice and do a slow long run, and a few quick sessions and see if I can improve more !!
Thanks again, lets see how I get on tomorrow morning.
Hi ! completely new to the forum. I've been running since Feb this year (decided i was very unfit and overweight) and since then i've improved a lot i think.
It's mostly been treadmill (in my kitchen) and i've gone from not being able to run a mile without walking half of it to running 4 to 5 miles a few times a week reguarly in ok-ish times (39 yr old male)
I'm wondering where i go from here really? I really enjoy running after work for a few miles, but what next? I know I should be looking at some 5k / 10k road races etc.... marathon maybe?
I know I shouldn't be obsessed with times, but i'm currently doing a shade under 35 mins for 5 miles.... what else should I be aiming for? I've done all this on my own and just constantly pushed myself each week to go further and faster etc...