aha! So that's it. I'm gonna bet that you come within spitting distance of 20 minutes (19:50-20:10). You've got years and years of running muscle memory. Throw some regular serious hard, longer-ish intervals into each week and the speed will come back pretty quickly.
See? No shade.
Fun! I got my eye on the Sept MEC race too - hope to get somewhere around 22! A stretch but cross fit w Alchemy has opened up so many new doors for me, who knows! Thx for that! I am betting one Cumbraes Aussie Pie somewhere a wee south of 20 for you!
A few things come to mind when I read this post.
1. Coming back from a long running layoff is something I do fairly often. It’s usually a bit miserable but it also always subsided with a breakthrough run or two. You may be the same although in the schedule you propose it might take a while.
2. The one time I did serious strength work my running suffered. I was stronger, and a little bulkier in a good way but the running was a bit shit. You may want to think about shifting a bit of the balance to running closer to the event. Or not.
3. I totally thought you were starting the Tasmanian bobsled team. Think about it. You are combining the correct skill sets so long as you can be taught to drive properly and there’s another person in Tasmania similarly inclined.
I'll take 19:42 if it's still available.
Thanks for the advice Supe, but this is just an experiment - not looking to optimise or peak or anything, just interested in seeing what the effect will be.
Strength training has definitely effected my running speed, I'm carrying round an extra 15lb now. It's worth it though - no more random pains, soreness, aches.
This is meant to be fun - which is my general policy on exercise/training/activity now. The moment it becomes something else, I will stop. I don't want to get back into the grind mentality of 2012-13 which eventually burnt me out.
The Tasmanian Bobsled team is particularly hard to get into. Look it up.