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Should I work on speed or distance?

I have completed the C25K (a couple weeks early even!!).  It takes me approx 34 minutes to run 5k (on a treadmill).  Frankly, I am okay with this speed because I really don't think that I can go faster right now!!  That said, I do eventually want to be able to run a 10 minute mile pace comfortable - kind of an arbitrary goal, but a goal none the less!  I would also like to increase my distance though.  To start I would like to get to 10k and ultimately train for a half marathon.

At this point would you recommend that I work on my speed and stick with the 5k distance or stick with my snail pace and work on furthering my distance?

FWIW I plan on starting to run outside soon once it warms up (not sure how that's going to affect my speed).  I will also be ttc in a few months, however I do plan on running throughout pregnancy.

Thanks ladies!

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Re: Should I work on speed or distance?

  • Start working on your endurance. As you run farther you will find you will also be able to start running a little faster. You can also throw in one speed training day per week to work on speed. That will help you get faster too. Building up your endurance will also help you run through out your pregnancy (or at least it is currently helping me).
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  • Good to know...I am in the same boat (except I didn't use C25K...I just started running)...my first 5k, about 2 months ago was 38 minutes, 5 runs later I could do it in 33 minutes. My first 8k was 60 and my second I managed to do in 55:15. I run really slowly but I kind of want to get to 10k and then work on running it faster, but I didn't know if that was the right way to go about it.

     

    (my first official 5k race was in 2008 and I ran another last summer but 2 months ago I started running one run a week as a new part of my current exercise regiment, rather than somewhat randomly running races. Right now I am trying to decide if I should run a 10k on the 1st of May).

  • image karebear219:
    Start working on your endurance. As you run farther you will find you will also be able to start running a little faster. You can also throw in one speed training day per week to work on speed. That will help you get faster too. Building up your endurance will also help you run through out your pregnancy (or at least it is currently helping me).

    This.  I worked pretty hard trying to up my speed and it didn't do a whole lot of good until I started upping my distance as well.  Then I got quite a bit faster at lower distances. 

  • image karebear219:
    Start working on your endurance. As you run farther you will find you will also be able to start running a little faster. You can also throw in one speed training day per week to work on speed. That will help you get faster too. Building up your endurance will also help you run through out your pregnancy (or at least it is currently helping me).

    This.

  • Distance, then speed. You may find the speed comes naturally, actually, as you increase your distance. That's how it worked for me, and now I'm blown away by what I can run. :) Great job on C25K!

     

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