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I have been running on my own on weekends after work, at an average of about once a week, for about two years now - it's not been a very consistent pattern, some weeks I've gone out three or four times, some months none. I've just started running with others - I've run two Parkruns and did a 10k in Battersea Park last week.
For the 10k, I'd not run at all in the three weeks previously, and finished in 38:37.
In terms of training, all I have every really done is go out for anywhere between 5k and 20k and just run at the fastest pace I could sustain. I understand this Forrest Gump style approach is probably a pretty poor plan, so I was wondering if there were any thoughts on what sort of training I should try to move towards, perhaps assuming I have time to run two or three times a week.
I'd like to knock a couple of minutes off the 10k time, eventually. I've looked at various training plans - not quite sure what to go for, as I'm not an absolute beginner in that I've been running on and off for a couple of years, but at the same time I have not done any speed work over short distances at all, nor any hill work for example. Any advice would be much appreciated.