to expect. Can you help this week’s questioner set realistic goals, and suggest how he might train to achieve them?"I ran my best 10K about 13 years ago, when I was 25, in 43 minutes. I've not done a huge amount of running since then due to work stuff
Reducing your level of training to improve your race times might seem counter-intuitive but research exists to suggest that in fact, less can sometimes be more. This week’s reader is keen to put this theory into practice - can you help him strike the right balance between session...
towards a goal - like a longer distance, or a race of any kind - as it gives me confidence that I can get there. But a break from schedules, watches and all other pressures is just the tonic when I've met that goal. – OJOTake stock of your aims
towards performance-oriented goals."I’ve been through phases when I haven’t achieved," she says, "and it isn’t always about winning, it has to be about my own accomplishment. It will be interesting to see what happens when I stop getting PBs because
if this is your goal - the relaxed, festive atmosphere could otherwise play havoc with your target mile splits. More half-marathon highlights...Leicester City Half-Marathon (Leicestershire, October 14)Great Eastern Run (Cambridgeshire, October 14)Maidstone Half
original goals Don’t forget the reasons you got into running in the first place - losing weight, being healthy, feeling better about yourself etc. I don't know many runners who got into running to post a PB every race. That comes when you start pushing
, but think of them as two separate entities rather than comparing. – E :-)Structure your sessions according to your goals• It all comes down to why you run. If it’s for fitness, it does not matter that you are slower outside, a workout is a workout. Follow a
than time) goals firstUse your first 5K race as a starting point for your race pace. If you fancy trying another race at a different distance, use this RW Calculator to give you a rough guide of what you're capable of. Remember though, a lot of people
is an interesting arena to explore this idea. Pushing yourself to the limit of your endurance and capacity to sustain exercise can also be described as self-induced pain in pursuit of a goal. In my life I’ve experienced acute physical pain of broken limbs, punctured
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