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Hi there I started running in January of this year to try and improve fitness for other pastimes (I do a lot of fellwalking). I actually started 2011 at a weight of 16.5 stone and managed to shift just over 2 stone on diet alone.
I discovered the Couch to 5k apps and followed one of them right through, culminating in eventually getting my distance up to 4 miles continous. I am very much a plodder though and trying to maintain much below 12 minute meals, probably due to the fact I am still relatively overweight. The one thing I have noticed is recovery time is tiny compared to when I started.
Anyway... it is my aim to enter the Lakeland 50 in 2013. I am not planning to break any records, but I would like to get round, preferably with some running along the way.
My training after the Cto5K ground to halt thanks to a change in personal circumstance, but thing are about to return to normal, so I am going to resume training from next week. My intital plan is to continue on with the "couch to" type training but stretch it out 10k to begin with. I'll drop back to the 2.5 mile week (which I can still manage despite the condition loss) and then follow it for 7 weeks up to 10k.
A few things I could do with advice. I'd like to lift my pace up, especially over shorter distances. What is the best way to achieve this. I certainly think I have a sub 30 minute 5k inside me, but not sure how to unlock it. Should I aim for more ssutained running (rather the jog I can manage now), over short distances (say half a mile or 500 metres), then gradually increase this or will the pace increase over time naturally?
Also the Lakeland 50 is not your average day out on the fells and will take a little more than a few runs on the local cycle track. What other training should I be incorporating for this. I was previously doing circuit training, which I itend to return to, anything else useful.