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I want to be faster. Need your input!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I love that I have graduated from 5K events to 10K events.

I love that I have increased the most miles I have traversed from 4 miles to 11 miles.

I love that I am slimming down and getting stronger.

I love that during my last physical, ALL my numbers were good - even my cholesterol.

I love that running is now a constant in my life.

I love the support from friends, family, and even strangers.

Still, I have a burning desire: I want to be faster.

I don't want to be passed by people casually walking that are faster than my all out running pace of 13:35 minutes per mile.

So, I have made a decision and set new GOALS:

For the next three weeks my focus is on endurance for my first ever Half Marathon on Feb 10th.

After that, I am kicking up the hill and speed training. I am also incorporating more bike training on my non-running days. This will train me for my "I think I might do it" Triathlon in Oct, and help me build my aerobic abilities.

By the time I run my scheduled 5K in April, I want to be running 12:00 minutes miles for up to 4 miles. 13 or less minute miles for my 10K distance.

I appreciate all guidance you can provide on training, techniques, mental adjustments...anything you are willing to share - I am thankful to receive.


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  • BUDDHA33
    Wish I were you, Lizrun! You are one awesome runner!
    1750 days ago
    Thanks everyone! emoticon
    1761 days ago
    Looks like a solid plan to me.
    1761 days ago

    Definitely increasing your mileage much like you are doing already for your HM will make you faster. Hill work for sure, speedwork works too but I only just now started getting serious about that, initially what helped was doing long runner and increasing my overall mileage.

    Best of luck reaching all of your fitness goals!
    1761 days ago
    the more you RUN-- the more you are out there, getting time and distance on your feet, the faster you will eventually get. You may however plateau- and to get out of that rut- Speed work and hills are key. After 3 yrs of running, I am just now incorporating this. you have plans and a goal- so it's only a matter of time before you do it! emoticon emoticon
    1761 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/23/2013 3:10:56 PM
    Womens Running has some good "get faster" 5k plans that allow you to base it on your current pace. A great mix of useful workouts.


    You might also want to increase your strength training. Better form = more effecient = faster. Stronger also yields faster. :)

    Good luck and have fun with it!

    1761 days ago
    Here is SparkPeople's article on workouts to increase speed:
    (sorry I couldn't put a link in; either type it in or do a Spark search on "running workouts to increase speed")

    If the slowest one listed is too fast for you, add 30 seconds or a minute to each interval times.

    In order to get faster, you have to run faster!! The way to do that is intervals.

    Happy training!! You can do this!! I know you can.
    1761 days ago
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