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I used to run as a kid at a reasonable level. I am now 38 & my "training" during the last 20 years has really consisted of nothing more than the odd run here and there, keeping things up for no longer than a couple of weeks at a time really. I remind myself constantly that even though I keep trying & failing to start running consistently again, I must not stop trying.
I feel in a much better place now, I have had problems in the past (with alcohol amongst other things) & these have contributed to my fitness demise. Anyway to cut a long story short I decided 2 weeks ago to start running again with the goal of breaking 40 minutes for 10k. When I was 17 I could comfortably do this as I could run a mile in 4 minutes 30 seconds, 3000m in 9 minutes, and the 800m in 2 minutes 2 seconds (I was mainly track training). I am no where near these levels now, have regularly finished last in the parents school sports day races which illustrates the magnitude of my downfall.
To cut a long story short I have decided to go for it, all or nothing so to speak and have made it very public on my facebook page that I will break 40 minutes for 10k in 10 weeks. I have been training for 2 weeks, and so have 8 weeks left. I ran 8 miles today in 1 hour (about 7 1/2 minute miling). I did a little bit of interval training on the road on Wednesday (2 x 1 mile reps in 6 mins 50 and 2 x 800m reps in 3 mins 20) with 3 miles running in total before and after at 8 minute mile pace.
So far I have trained 5 times. Today was my 5th session (8 miles 7 1/2 minute mile pace). I have calculated that I need to be 1 minute per mile faster to break 40 minutes. 8 weeks to go. I ran 6 miles last week in 44 minutes. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.