We all have our little personal ways, and one of my beliefs is that repetition, consolidation, discipline and strength exercises do me good. And quitting smoking, of course.
I completed C25K twice. Before going up to 10K l spent several months drilling 5K three times per week at around or below 30min each time.
Got to 10K quickly through 10% rule and again worked on consolidation so that l can now run it without strain and at my gentlemanly trot.
Now then. Half marathon. Different proposition. I consolidated 10K and 15K runs and deep down l know I've got this, l can do it with a little push. But l also know, and that's not deep down, it's blooming obvious, that I'm a 53 years old (young?) bloke with a history of bad injuries. I famously pulled my lower back trying to serve dinner, for god's sake!?! That much l do know.
Soo. In line with tradition and my beliefs l have decided to tackle 21K from scratch. From day one (ok, ok, excluding doing C25K for the third time). I've got experience and muscle knowledge on my side, stamina and solid core, time is definitely on my side, I never sign up for races and then freak out thinking how am l going to do them, and now that the winter is passing l will have the best time between today and late April to commit to something that l see as a genuine fun.
The dates, times, diet have all been planned, there will be easy consecutive runs and I'll be going with Hal Higdon's training program as suggested by Tomas some time ago. Part of the reason why I'm going 'backwards' (l actually believe it's a good way forward) is that l don't want to run/walk the distance. For me running is literary that, running, and if l walk it - l then stop it. Based on that all l need is good old preparation, belief and discipline.
I will keep you posted!