I am newer to running but did my first 10k last year. I am currently training more and more. I am running a 10k in 2 weeks and another one in July. I am having a problem with my running speed though. I seem to be averaging a 11:00-12:00 minute mile. Which I know isn't bad but isn't great either. I also just ran the Mud Run in Monterey a week and a half ago, which is 5 miles. It took me almost exactly an hour to complete....but remember this was mostly uphill and with obstacles.
So my main wonder is what to do to increase my time. I am too far along in running to start the C25k but don't really know where else to start. Can someone please give me some advise on how to increase my time and just some general training tips.
Thanks for the advice!! I knew I wasn't going to imrove for the race in 2 weeks but I wanted to start focusing on the time improvement. There is actually a high school track about 5 blocks from my place, which will now come in very handy!!!
I am definately planning on starting this speed training!!! Hopefully this will really help me increase for my next race in July...although I seem to be getting addicted to racing so I might be signing up for some more races!
Another thing you could do is get a training plan for your July 10K fron www.runnersworld.com/smartcoach. That will give you workouts including interval and tempo runs. You don't necessarily have to follow it exactly but it will be a good guide.