I can swim 1:20 per hundred yards for 2000 yards, hold 22mph on a bike for an hour--maybe faster--then get out run by old ladies with walkers (7 minute miles/ 5k--8 minute miles in a 10k). It's pitiful, and years of trying to run faster haven't made me a lick faster--I think I'm actually getting slower. :-( (Maybe it's age?--40). I determined to overcome this during the spring season, and I ended up tired all the time, constantly acheing in my legs--in short, I over-trained and went backwards in performance. Now I'm trying a 12 week 1/2 marathon training regimen that has me doing slower than 8 minute mile runs (e.g 8 miles at 8:20 pace). This seems counter-intuitive...don't I need to run faster than an 8 minute mile in training if I want to run under 8 minute miles? Beings as my intuition has failed me for 7 years on the running category, I am SURE my thoughts on running are all wrong. How can I get to a 7:45/mile pace for a 1/2 marathon? (Man, I'll be satisfied with even small progress at this point.)
Thanks for any advice.