Jogging & Running/goal-setting

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Out of personal goals, how do you decide if you should focus on running faster or farther?

I do have problems with goal setting, I would like to run faster sub-10k distances but I would just as well like to build up to half marathon too and maybe even forget that it'll take me 2 hours.

If there was a 'technical' reason to choose training for either one it would help a lot.

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Anne,

It really depends on what you want. You either need to set a goal to run a half marathon or to run faster shorter distances or you can set a goal to do both.

Whatever goal you decide, increasing the volume of your training should help. You need to run more miles in a week essentially. One or two of those days should focus on speed regardless of your goal. Speed should range from 200 meters to 800 meters.

Your pace for anything over 2 miles will end up being about the same. For example if you can run 2 miles in 20 minutes you're running 10 minute miles. If you run 10 miles it will probably take you 100 minutes.

I hope this helps. If it doesn't, please follow up with another question. Good luck and good job running so much!

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Nick Rainey

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I can answer questions about pain and training program. If there is a question about running that I don't know then I'll do some research and make sure I provide you with an answer.

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I'm a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I'm a track and cross country coach. I train clients throughout the year. I've helped prepare athletes for their NFL Pro Days. I've written articles on running. Finally, those that I work with have less pain and run faster.

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American Physical Therapy Association- Sports Section

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The 6 Week Workout Program- I'm the author of this book Research Made Simple for Physical Therapists- I'm the author of this Kindle book

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Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy BS in Exercise Science NSCA- CSCS and CPT USA Weightlifting Level I NPI- Certified Posture Specialist Total Motion Release Level II Certified Dry Needling

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National Posture Institute's International Perfect Posture of the Year Award 2011 Clinical Excellence Award- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Aegis Therapies Scholarship recipient

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