Posted: 18/06/2014 at 12:37
TheDan - I've been thinking about your question regarding the longer distances and still haven't come up with an answer! I've only ever 'raced' one half marathon and that is where the 1:54 comes from which was set back in Jan 2012. All the other halves I've done as a training run or part of a longer run.
I find 10k's incredibly hard (as do most people I expect!). Too long to be over quick but too short to run a more comfortable pace!
Several people have commented (in a nice way!) on my race times being 'slow' when you look at the training I do. This has led me to think that maybe it is my running style that needs working on! I've been using a metronome to try and increase my cadence which is pretty low at around 160. Also I've been trying to run more on my forefoot as I think I'm probably a bit flat footed!
All that being said, I have been getting faster since I started concentrating on the shorter stuff. I've knocked 3 minutes off my 10k time and 2 minutes off my 5k time over the last 6 months so I must be doing something right.