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Sub 35 min 10K

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 13:22
AW9 wrote (see)

Can you please advise how possible this would be and also what training would be required?

I had similar times and improvement to you when I first started training vaguely properly (43min Mar 2012 to 39:30 in July 2012), having had a football background before that. Whether your sub35 in a year goal is possible will depend upon various factors, including
- where you are now on your improvement curve vs your natural potential/speed,
- how well you manage to train,
- whether you have any extra body fat to lose. 

For example since I made a similar improvement to you above, I've 'only' taken around 50s per year off my 10K PB (now 36:4x), and having to train more and smarter each year, sub35 still seems like a world away, and from my experience I would say your goal sounds rather ambitious unless you're running that 39:23 whilst carrying a lot of surplus weight. On the other hand a clubmate last year went from sub40 in February to sub35 in September after deciding to shift focus from triathlon to running, so yes it is possible, but who knows how much untapped potential you have?

As for appropriate training, I'm not the best to advise seeing as I'm still celebrating my sub37 let alone sub35, but I'd agree with others that it would be a good idea to mix up the speedwork, eg alternate weeks between 400m, 800m intervals and hill reps sessions. Your current training sounds pretty well structured for a noob (much better than mine was back then), here's one example plan you could borrow from though: - generally the more you read up and learn then the better you'll understand how to adapt the many plans and suggested sessions out there to suit yourself and fit around your life.

Good luck!

Healthy ways to gain weight?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 16:24

Peanut butter on lightly-toasted maltloaf is even better 

Healthy ways to gain weight?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 10:26


Bryn456 wrote (see)

I'm 6ft 1 and weigh 11 stone. It's mainly other people who are commenting on my weight loss. Part of me thinks they just remember the "A-Level and University Era" me of almost 10 years ago when I discovered beer and kebabs....


I suspect you're spot on with that. I'm slightly shorter than you at 6ft, weigh around 10 stone 4lbs, with 30 inch waist and am healthy, but I was 13 stone and in 34 inch jeans after 3 years at uni. It's mainly people who remember more what I looked like then that seem to comment, especially the ones who would like to lose fat but don't. I remember being pleased to get back into my 32" jeans, and surprised when I had to ditch them for 30", but similar to Lit's experience it stabilised and I've been a similar size/shape for a few years now, still getting fitter and faster without losing any more weight, and most people are used to what I look like now.

If you're comfortable with the way you are and you feel healthy then it would be a shame to put on weight just because you feel pressure from how others perceive you.

Scott's training log, advice, support

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 00:28
And yes, wouldn't blame you for giving the eastbound segment a bash at some point to complete the set

Scott's training log, advice, support

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 00:20
Yes getting some form back myself now thanks, after taking August off training thanks to arrival of baby boy, then attempting to train through a month or two of sleep deprivation, getting some form back by November then being ill in December and losing it again!

London Marathon is my 'A' race this year, second target to try and finish the HRRL at least as high as last year but without compromising the marathon training. Which means avoiding the temptation to race Eastleigh 10K!

Did Ryde 10 weekend before last - new course this year, still hilly as you'd expect, but windy this year too, had probably my best race over any distance judging by the people I beat who are normally ahead, and runbritain telling me it was my 'adjusted best' performance. Bodes well as that was just taking the Saturday off on top of the usual Friday rest day from marathon plan, and the week before had ended with my first 20miler of the campaign, so not exactly tapered!

Scott's training log, advice, support

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 23:34
I haven't checked in on this thread for a while - but I saw your parkrun result at the weekend Scott - good to see you're recovering well. Your time at Netley a couple of weeks earlier on the slowest of the three Netley courses was probably a better indicator than you realised at the time.

I see you nabbed the toll bridge westbound segment today - I don't place much value on these normally but that's a nice one to have!

Scott P - I know some of the Lordshill guys and they're a good bunch. I did consider joining them when I was choosing a club a few years ago, but I'm further east and went for Stubbington Green. Nowadays there's more choice with Hedge End and the recent Itchen Spitfires. I'm staying Green though

Anyone else Hate running

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 11:10
literatin wrote (see)

No, no, it is fine. I did it last year. You just run away from him instead.

So is that how you managed it with over 3 minutes to spare? 

Anyone else Hate running

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 09:47

I'm concerned that Phil's (lack of) shorts will put me off my sub 3 attempt.

Portsmouth Coastal 2014

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 18:41
Yeah I saw the tyre man coming the other way as I crossed the bridge on the way out of Hayling - it was not a small tyre - couldn't have been fun dragging that through the mud!


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 09:21

Clive, if that's what you want to do, then the obvious solution to me - assuming that the meals typically contain a protein source and a carb source alongside some veg and/or salad - would be to cook the same for everyone but give yourself more of the protein and veg and salad to fill you up and give yourself fewer of the carbs. Simple for some meals but obviously not so simple with things like pasta bakes or lasagne when it's all already mixed.

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