I had been running since 2010. And when I mean running, I mean getting a bit serious, watching my pace, etc. Oh I also had an old Forerunner 305 to help me along! Before that it was the occasional run at a fairly aimless pace, distance, and time.
In 2010, after a few months' of "training," I had run a 15K which I finished at 1:37:00 or whereabouts.
Then I got injured. And kept off running for a while. I resumed running around 2 years later and followed many running plans, including the all-time favorites like Hal Higdon, RunKeeper and the like. Whilst I had PBs of 28:03 for the 5K, 59:48 for the 10K, and 2:19:55 for the half-marathon, all along the way, I always felt that most of the plans I had used were not really helping me. Either they were too easy and relaxed, or too hard on my body. And I was not enjoying most of it.
Even though I am not a person who goes for PBs or timings per se, my aim was and is to run and race well and comfortably, instead of making it an ordeal. My work schedule also had its constrains; I could be very busy for weeks altogether.
Then I came across TrainingPeaks from where I was referred to Coach Bob. I went through the initial exchanges of e-mails and questions, and Coach Bob would give me a schedule for the next week or two. Although many of the work-outs were familiar to me, I felt they were "tweaked" to my capabilities. A couple of the work-outs were a bit hard for me in the beginning, but I realized later that I was going too hard, and not listening to the tips Coach had given me. Once I tried to follow the work-outs per his recommendations, suddenly the same work-outs felt so much easier!
Then came race day (Half Marathon) in October 2016. The course was not flat, rolling hills, with some "interesting" inclines in between. I decided to stick to the pace I had been aiming for. Now whilst this race pace was much faster than what I thought I would be able to run, suddenly I found myself cruising at goal race pace. The miles just seemed to fly. I suddenly realized I was actually enjoying the race! And when it was done with, I hit my watch to find I had achieved a PB of 2:05:00, and boy wasn't I pleased with myself!
Thank you Coach Bob for your wonderful support - it would not have been possible without your support and wonderful tips.