I will be running my 3rd HM this coming September. My personal best is 2:29 and I'd love to run a 2:15. I've always run on my own and kind of made up my own "training" schedule based on various plans I found online. I figured a great way to try and meet my new goal would be to join a local running clinic. The clinic runs from now until race day, about 17 weeks.
Our first run was last night (4.5K), and I joined the 2:15 group. I was able to keep up for the first half of the distance, running mid-pack, but then started falling back. And back. And back some more until I was at the end of the line, huffing and puffing like it was my first day ever running. The group always has 2 leaders - one at the front and one at the back - and the back lead stuck with me and was really great at helping me get through the end of the run.
I know it was only the first run, but I'm a little discouraged and a lot worried that maybe I've set too ambitious a goal for myself. Is it unrealistic to think I can shave 15 minutes off my time?
It will really feel like such a defeat to drop down to the 2:30 pace group, but I also don't want to hold back the 2:15'ers. I'm going to try a few more runs with this group before I decide, but wondering if anyone has a similar experience or suggestions....
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