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Roads were made for journeys...
You also don't always have to be increasing your training to be getting fitter. You will, and should, hit plateaus in your training where you sort of keep the mileage and time your spending about the same for weeks or months at a time while your body adjusts to the new workload. Then when that starts to feel easy you can increase the workload.
I think you should ignore GorillaMan's "guarantee" because he's in no position to back it up.
When I ran my first HM last weekend, I finished 639 out of 643.
'Course I am, girly. Wanna bet on it? How about a lifetime of free entry into the virtual races? Plus, when she proves me right, you have to write 500 words about how great I am. Well, big-talker? Friendly wager?
I am desperately biting back a really funny joke right now. But since I prefer my face to stay pretty ... I'll just say CONGRATS on the half-marathon! Did you post this somewhere and I missed it?
I just think you overstate your case. You gonna guarantee that *I* can run a sub 1:00 10K by Memorial day? Now that's a wager I'd take.
Your silence is deafening.
FWIW, Jake, I think you should start a Galloway group under "training groups."
No silence. No deafening. Just lost the thread in the shuffle. But since you popped it up here again ...
... okay, I reviewed your shiny colored training log, and yep - I'll make that bet. With a couple conditions:
1) You keep doing what you're doing. Training 4-5 days a week. No slacking. That's cheating.
2) Get your weekly long run up to 12 miles and keep it there.
3) Start doing speed work once a week. 400 meter or 800 meter intervals. If you don't have a track, estimate the distance and do them on the street. Start with maybe 4 x 400, walk/jog a lap, and repeat. Work up to 12x400 or 6x800 by April. Work up to running the 400s in 2:00-2:15, the 800s in 4:15-4:45. Gotta do some speed work to get faster.
4) Get plenty of recovery time. Rest every other day, or at least do a very gentle short run.
Do all that, and yep, by Memorial day you'll be able to string 6 10:00 miles together in a row. But to be fair to little old me, let's modify it a bit ... let's say you have to be *close* to 1:00 for me to win. So say under 1:05?
This is a sucker's bet. I already win. Ha.
As for Galloway, go read his book. And there's no need to start a training group. Cuz nobody ever uses those things (with the virtual race one being one of a couple exceptions). And Galloway already has a training program in a couple hundred cities anyway. Probably including yours. Go find it, and do what they tell you.
And don't forget --- when I win, you get to write a looooooooong essay about how wonderful I am. I look forward to printing and framing it. Make sure to use lots of nice adjectives, like "manly" and "insanely handsome."