My half-marathon training plan calls for one speed run per week, increasing in length by ten minutes each week. As a reasonably new runner, I find this incredibly hard. My sole concern when I go out is to maintain the ability to ‘keep running’ until the moment I reach my front door, so I definitely adopt the slow and steady approach. It keeps me focused and I have never had to stop and walk to recover, because I keep my pace easy from the start and gradually speed up after the halfway point.
I did a 30 minute tempo run a few weeks ago but can’t seem to face adding on the extra ten minutes anytime soon. On that run my fastest mile was 10.52 which is just so depressing! I decided to attempt an even shorter run and see how fast I could go, knowing I could stop after the mile was done. The result was 10.02 and I managed to keep running for another 0.45 mile before I had to stop completely. After a few seconds walking I ran home, slowly!
Does anyone have advice for increasing speed? I feel like I’m getting nowhere 😦