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Hi all, back on here after a little break and have been running again for the last 8-10 weeks or so.
My "run-to-the-beat" training hasnt all been wasted and I've found I've got back up to speed quite quickly.
The main problem I've had over the last 8/9 months is that I've never really known how to pace myself. I run at a pace which I feel comfortable at, so I'm not out of breath. At various points through a run, I could be struggling after 500 yards, I could be stuggling after 2 miles or even 8.
Now, I'm looking for some advice really.
I can now comfortably run for around 85-90 minutes at 12min/mile pace (which is damn slow compared to some of you guys on here) without stopping once but what can I do to increase my speed. If I just try to run faster, I end up crumpling in a heap after 2 miles at anything like 9-10min/mile pace but thats what I'd ideally like to get to eventually.
What can I do to build up to this pace? At the moment, I'm running 6-7 miles around 4-5 times a week out of boredom and am keen to improve so I can enter some races without the fear of being last lol. Ideally, I'd love to be able to run a 10k in less than an hour.
I must say, I've found my purchase of a forerunner 405 invaluable as I now know the pace I'm running at any point and I know I can comfortably run at 12min/mile pace without problems but would love to be able to get a little more out of my body. If its helps, my heart rate when running is averaging out at 152bpm.
Any advice greatly appreciated.