May 10, 2006

Must go faster must go fast must go faster

Stratford half marathon 2006Stratford half marathon 2006Woohoo! – 51 seconds off my PB(personal best) time in my second "Shakespeare" half marathon in Stratford… 1:54:54… not sure the saving of those precious few seconds were worth the energy expended to achieve this! Still, after 8 miles I got into a good pace, lengthening my strides and feeling in control of my breathing, so I really enjoyed the last 5 miles (except the last 400 yards which I accidentally sprinted) and was most grateful for the lovely support from my lovely support team!!

Anyway, taking a break from half marathons until September, but need some other events to keep my interest levels high. And also need to get FASTER! How is this to be achieved? (without becoming boringly obsessed with split times, km:mile ratios and "PB"s). And why do I look like a hopping, cross version of Jade Goody in these pics?

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  1. Catherine Fenn

    Hi Rosalind

    Well done on the PB.

    On going faster, you could try following the advice on the FIRST programme link it's worked for me (I just wiped 1/2 hour off my marathon PB)

    General idea is that you run 3 sessions a week

    – speed
    – short
    – long

    and cross train between (I cycle to work).

    You focus on what you want to get out of each running session and so you don't do 'junk' miles and should be less prone to injury!

    I often only managed to fit in 2 running sessions a week and it still got me round flm in under 4 hours!!

    Good luck.

    11 May 2006, 08:58

  2. Chris May

    What worked for me was just replacing one of my 'normal' runs with a speed session. I alternated 8*600, 6*800, 3*1 mile, and hill pyramids on a weekly basis. If you're used to doing 10K and above training runs then doing 6*800 feels wierd, because it doesn't seem like you've actually done anything (though it tends to ache the day after!).

    Doing shorter races (say, 5m or 10K if you're training for a 1/2) in between your target events will help as well.

    11 May 2006, 13:12

  3. Chris May

    Oh, and try and get someone to do the speedwork with; it's really hard to do properly on your own :–)

    11 May 2006, 13:12

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