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RE: Does going sub 20 in the 5k take any degree of talent for a female?

Yezzy wrote:

[quote]Dennis T Reynolds wrote:

Have you raced shorter/longer races before? What kind of times are you putting up in those?

100m 14.7
400 1:20
800 2:55
Mile 6:11 (current fitness is 6:35 as I did a time trail the other day)
1.5 mile 10:00
5k 22:30
10k 47
HM 1:47[/quote]

With a 14.7 100m you have sufficient natural speed to break 20. Looks like your weakness is aerobic. I would build up weekly mileage to a consistent 50 a week. Mostly easy running with 2 to 3 hard sessions a week, long run of 90 mins. What worked well for me when I was sub 20 was 1) 10 to 15 x 200m at 35s 200 walk recoveries 2) 3 or 4 x 1000m at best effort 5 mins recovery 3) under distance race weekly 1500m or 3000m. If you haven't got weekly races then do serious time trials.
Be patient. You will have breakthroughs. Like taking a minute off 5k time etc. Don't rest up for weekly races, only for a serious 5k race.

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