Posted: 16/11/2009 at 13:49
I am struggling a bit with how to develop the running. I have been running for a year and a halfish. Took part in a few 10ks, one or two 5ks, and recently did first half at Great North Run. Have OKish times (2hrs3mins for half) which would probably be much improved if I trained more, but I tend to only run three times a week.
Problem: when I started I was simply amazed that I was running at all. Improvement seemed constant (hooray!). I also used beginners training plans which was good for me as I didn't have to think much and just knew that Monday meant 3 miles, Weds3.5 miles faster, etc.
Now my expectations of what is possible are higher and a 2.5 m run in the week is not really enough but I'm not doing so well at making time for more. Been along to two sessions of a running club, and then missed two sessions. Need to get back but missing other sessions tends to make a spiral!
I seem to do better when I am working towards an event, and I don't have to think too much about. But beginner plans not interesting enough (and like a challenge) - intermediate plans seem a bit beyond current fitness levels. Might help to do an event and feel well prepared: GNR was pretty grim for the last mile and I'm sure I could contribute that in part to being underprepared in terms of long runs I got in.
So what's the point of this post? I'm hoping anyone could point me in the direction of training plans for not quite beginner, not quite speedy club runner. I'd be interested in what other people did in the not quite a beginner but not that fast stage. Are there any threads on forums of people in same situation (don't seem to do too well with the search function on this forum). How much do other people run? What kind of cross training?
Any ideas/ experience welcomed - I am feeling a bit in a plateau!