Advice / opinions wanted please …..
In a weak moment I signed up for the Great South Run in October (last completed in 1997 and never run that far since, until Tuesday). I am regularly running 2 or 3 times a week, including a fairly competitive (25' ish) Parkrun most Saturdays. To build up to the GSR I have set myself monthly targets to extend a "long slow" run by 2k a month and a "race pace" (5'45"/k ish) run by 1k a month. Progress to date has been documented in the monthly quest threads over on the B210K forum. The "race pace" run is up to 11k and will neatly reach 16k in October, but my query concerns the "long slow", which got up to 16k, so race distance, this week (in around 1 hour 40).
So, the question for you guys and gals who like to run a long way - should I continue extending the "long slow" distance by 2k a month, to make the race in October seem just a short little jog, or stick at 16k and try to bring the time down each month?
I should perhaps add that (1) I reached 68 years young this week, (2) I don't want to / physically can't do more than these 2 runs over 10k each month and (3) noting that adding 2k a month would take me into HM territory by October, I have no burning or latent ambition ever to run a competitive HM - 10 miles in a race will be plenty
Thanks in advance - onwards and upwards!!