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Firstly, I must confess to being a 'long time lurker', and have never had the confidence to post until now, probably because describing myself as a 'runner' seems quite generous! Apologies if this isn't posted in the right section, but any advice would be warmly received.
To give you a bit of background, I am in my twenties and have historically been useless at running. I love playing sport, but have suffered a number of health issues - primarily, but not exclusively due to asthma - over the past years that mean that my fitness is nowhere near what I would like it to be.
Anyway, I started running more regularly in January, mainly because I discovered that it was the best thing I have done to help my mood/self esteem etc. I started slowly with a walk/run programme and, despite having to take time off at various points due to chest infections and the like, managed to 'run' 45 minutes non-stop the other week.
I have had a ropey few weeks with training since then, but did manage to complete a 10k Race for Life yesterday with a friend in 85 minutes. It was slower than I would have liked and I had to walk a bit, but I wasn't too gutted given that my health hasn't been great this week and it was very wet and on grass etc (Not that I want to make excuses, mind). We did also raise a decent amount of money, so it definitely seemed worthwhile.
So, my question is this. I obviously want to keep running and want to set myself a new target - probably another 10k race within the next 2-4 months - ideally in under 75 minutes. I think I know what I need to do to improve my time training wise (although all advice would be very much appreciated), but I wonder if anyone can make any recommendations of the kind of race I could enter. The thing I loved about the Race for Life was the spirit and the fact that I knew that I wouldn't be embarrassed however slow I was. Are there other races out there that might be suitable for my kind of standard? Given the reasons why I started running in the first place, I don't want added 'stresses' from racing, but I do think that a new target might be a good thing.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Any advice would be awesome.