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55 and would like to break a 20 minute 5k

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#1 captainmarko

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 06:48 AM

Greetings all! FNG here.


I'm 55 and I've been running for about 6 years. Along with strength and conditioning training 3x a week, yoga 3x a week, I run 3 miles 3x a week.


Just did my second race and did a personal best 26:13. No great feat, I realize. But it was only my second race, and for the first time, I really pushed myself. And took 1st place in my age bracket. 


And now I'm hooked. 


I made the mistake of thinking that my regular running schedule was enough to run a race. 


Oh, how wrong I was. 


I now realize that I need to train specifically for a race. Which leads me to a couple questions. 


1. At my age, is a 20 minute 5k possible?


2. If so, should I begin training for that now (about a year out) and ramp it up? As in, 2-3 months of 24 minute 5k training, 2-3 months of 22 minute 5k, and then a couple 2-3 months of 20 minute 5k training, culminating in the actual race itself?


Take it easy on me, people. I'm old and just now getting serious about running races. 



Thanks in advance. 

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