So on my last run I went off a bit too quickly and the run turned into a section of fast (ish) 1k runs with rests and stretches between. This got me thinking that maybe I could instead of focusing on distance at the moment I could try to concentrate on my 5k pace.
I like the long runs and want to get back to them (never thought I would say that) but maybe if I get my overall fitness up on the shorter runs for a bit I might find the longer ones easier.
Now I get itchy feet and struggle to stick to things so no idea how long I will keep this up for or what shape it will take but I set out this morning on a 30/20/10 plan I had drawn up on my watch some months back.
Simple enough do a steady warm up for 10 mins and then go into a cycle of 2m rest, 30s slow pace, 20s medium and 10s flat out. Repeat the 30/20/10 bit 5 times and then wash and repeat as many times as you want with the 2m rest between. My repeat cycle is 3 times giving a 34 m run if you add a 5m cool down at the end.
The last time I did this I think I struggled to get past the 2nd cycle. This time I managed to get all the way to the end. Great my fitness must be getting better.
Not quite sure how I am going to translate this into a faster 5k yet but if I can get comfortable running the flat out bits for 10s then I am guessing that could translate into better 20s sections and so on!!
Will have to give this a whirl for a bit and see how it goes. Let you know 😀