I'm emerging from winter running hibernation (one run a week and not a very long one) and to give myself a bit of a kick up the bum I've entered the Edinburgh 10k! I haven't hit even 5 miles since June, though. I'm OK with about 5k and a bit at the moment, but I remain very slow, and am worried I'll be too slow for the race (has to be completed within 1.5 hours, which sounds do-able, but as yet I haven't managed to do 5k in 30 mins, and I completed Couch to 5k about 2 years ago). I just don't know how to get stronger and faster while also increasing my distance. I don't need to be super fast, but I'd like to start seeing some improvement or I'll just get bored.
Should I be doing the long run at the weekend, as usual, and then... one during the week shorter and faster? I tried that last week but even though I tried my best, running faster seems impossible to me! It must be some lack of strength or ability, but then I've read so much about what 'should' be done that I'm just a bit confused and overwhelmed. If anyone's got a simple idea of a plan I could stick to, or what kind of thing to aim for, that'd be great.
Oh and also what should I be eating before I run? I never go as far as I want because I'm hungry, but I can't eat too soon beforehand obviously. I've tried a banana an hour or so before but it didn't seem enough. I'm worried I'll be hungry during the race and feel faint.
I feel that by now I should know all these things... but apparently not