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Hi guys, first post!
Little bit of background. I'm 27, and between 2000 and 2009 I was a sprinter for my county.So have always been generally fit, and back then even more so. Very much drilled into sprinting though.
Cut to the start of a year, and a friend of mine plays on my competitiveness to get me to sign up to this years Great South Run with him. So the last time I ran it was 200 metres, and now it's 10 miles!!
Started in February, and had a lot of foot/knee pain at first. Got properly fitted for some Brooks Glycerin 9's and they have been a god send! Love them to bits. So, in the last 2 months really I've gone from 1 mile to completing a 10k last Sunday. Was a bit ill, but managed it in 50 minutes. Still had a bit in the tank so wasn't too disheartened. Been struggling to run like a distance runner since all instinct is to sprint. But I wrote out a little plan, stuck to it, and did the distance!
So with that personal achievement behind me, I'm gunning for the 10 miles in October. I know time is on my side, and I 'only' need to be able to do another 4 miles (could be harder than just adding more miles I know).
So after that waffle, my question is, how do I go from doing a really average 10k to a decent 10 mile? I've put myself down for a completion time of 1h30m, as has my chum, but I'd like to aim for 1h20m really.
Main problem is fitting it all in.
Monday - Run, Tuesday - Rest, Wednesday - Muay Thai, Thursday - Football/Run, Friday - Rest, Saturday - Run, Sunday - Rest
I'm really pleased with what I've done so far, since running any distance has never been something that interested me.
Very curious as to what you'e all got to say, and thanks in advance!