I am not runner but I am getting train for half marathon. I have a friend who used to be a tennis player and she suggested me that try to go easy- first add time and then reduce it - go slow and then add up your speed.
I would give the same opinion that now you can run small amount of time and slowly get back in to the time & increase your time. This way you can increase your amount of time in running and and you will also run faster.
Many coaches suggest running the long run slower than you will run the HM. Have you plugged your numbers into an on-line calculator, like McMillan's, to see what the best pace is for your HM and also for your long runs?
I've been incorporating a long run day into my weekly training ever since Thanksgiving of last year. Every week, I've been increasing my distance by 0.5miles each week (starting at 6 miles.) This week I'll have reached 10 miles for my long run distance. My long run pace has been 10min/mile, my 5k pace is just above a 8.5min/mile.
How much farther should I increase the miles on my long run day? Should I eventually decrease the amount of miles and try to run it faster? My half marathon is way off in June.
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