Roads were made for journeys...
Princess Cancer Pants
• Return to kicking my own ass by 2018
52° 21' North, 4° 52' East
Like bleeding blisters, by any chance?
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Maybe you do this already, but the general advice is to do speedwork once a week: fast intervals with some rest in between. Your long runs build up your stamina and the intervals build your speed.
Is there a running club somewhere in your neighborhood? I joined one last year, especially for speed training. I go there once a week, do their interval training and do my long runs by myself. I don't use a HRM, I just try to find a pace that feels comfortable.
And one more thing: I find that running a race is vastly different from training. My problem there is not so much being too slow (of course I am too slow! everyone always is) as starting the race too fast... I think this is true for almost everyone. The crowd will take you along. Your time will be much better than what you think based on your recent long runs.
BTW, in another post I mentioned the Smart Coach on the new RW site. Did you see it? I think it might give you a schedule for the remaining six weeks that you could use. And they never mention heart rates in the schedule!
How long was your last run and how long did it take you to complete it?
Problem I have now is that the ladies who were my speed still are my speed, but they're only going 2.5 miles on a run...
That sounds like a problem for the ladies, not for you
What I really mean is: It goes to show that you have made a lot of progression. So the way you have been training was obviously not so bad...
I would never advise you to change your training in such a way that you risk an injury. Running slower than you want to run is so much better than not running at all. So maybe the best plan for you is to experiment just a little with the schedule you are using. Let the primary goal be to worry less, not to run faster. Forget about heart rates. Or whatever works for you. Keep up, and you will run your half marathon - which will make you feel great, I can guarantee you that! All of us are here to virtually cheer you on.
One of them told me a few months back that she was quite happy with their level/amount/speed of running and didn't have any desire to change or improve. While I have trouble understanding that, I can respect it - I mean, you gotta do what makes you happy, right?