A running blog, of sorts
Yes, Japan is competitive. Not sure that there is a ranking list for Aus, but I reckon you'd be top-10 A/G. The 2:30 goal, while big and hairy, isn't unreasonable. Just read the interview with Jeannette Faber, who went from 3 hrs+ gradually down to 2:32 (not a huge amount of natural speed too - 17:36 5k when in college). Key thing will be staying uninjured so listen to your body and do the type of training that keeps you injury-free.
Sorry, here's the link: http://www.garycohenrunning.com/Interviews/Faber.aspx
Thanks for the link Ewen, lot I took away from that! And thanks for saying it's possible for me to improve, I've had my doubts of late but, if you believe it I can too. Cheers.
Lydiard was a smart guy - a down week IS a good idea occasionally.(3-4 beers a night is NOT a good idea.)
Bit of a rest may have been just the ticket for you after that great first Lydiard month. Your video got me thinking about my own goal setting ... thanks.