So I've got a half coming up in 5 months... my first one. My goal is to go sub- 7:00 pace, which I think is entirely possible based on my old high school PRs. Problem is, that was a little over a decade ago and I have maybe put together 12 months of consistent running over that decade. That was also about 50 lbs ago, give or take.
Started running again 8 days ago, and so far I've got 6 runs under my belt. Haven't run in a year and a half since I got my appendix removed. I can manage 4-5 miles @ 8:30 pace at the moment, but even that feels like I'm dipping into tempo pace. I know that after a few months of consistent running off of no running at all for a couple years, I can get down close to 6:00 pace for 5k, because I did it a couple years ago before having my appendix removed. I'm somewhat familiar with training principles once you're actually a "runner" again, but my question more involves starting over from scratch.
When you're dropping weight and haven't run in awhile, is it best to gradually increase pace and distance in tandem? Or is it better to focus on one element first and then the other? Also, at what point should anything other than "easy" runs be factored in? I have a pretty decent gauge of when to stop short of injuring myself, so my questions are more coming from a point of highest return on investment. I know there is a plethora of beginner running advice out there, but I have been a serious runner in the past and as I'm about to turn 30 I would like to take a stab at becoming one again (for myself, really).
I've kept in touch with this board enough from time to time to know that in addition to all the trolling and sarcasm, there are some good people with really good information here. I'm mainly curious to see if anyone has any insight to share regarding attempting to get back into the form of a younger self after a long break (I'm under no illusion that I'll break my high school PRs at 30 after such a long break, but I'd be willing to bet I can definitely get back into that sort of condition again). Thanks in advance for any replies.