Posted: 03/09/2016 at 12:47
I started running 4 years ago, but then got out of the habit for the last 2-3 years. I've been running again since April this year. I'm currently running 5k 2-3 times a week and swimming once or twice as well. My PB for 5k is just under 33 minutes, but I range from that to around 36 minutes. I'm a little more than 2 stone overweight, but that's 2 stone less than I was at the start of the year.
I'm am gradually, on average, getting faster, but after Parkrun this morning I'm thinking I need to push myself a bit harder. I'm pretty sure I could run faster, but I don't quite know how to do it without pushing too hard and having to walk halfway.
I use Endomondo on my phone and have it set to tell me what time each km took. Is there some way to set it to a 'goal' speed so it tells me to speed up if I'm going below that? Or how else do people pace themselves to specific speeds? I've seen training plans for longer distances that say things like "run at 10k pace" or whatever, so how do people know what pace they are running at, at the time?
Or would I be better doing intervals? Thing is, it's not so much I need to develop the ability to get faster (don't get me wrong, I also want to do that, but it's a longer term aim), more that I think I probably could already do it, if I just knew how fast to go.