original714 saidI have it in mind to start from step-one and re-learn how to run. At present I endure long runs on occassion and go out for a jog now and then, but I'd be hard pressed to say I really 'run'. The folks who win marathons and even the 5ks I've been a part of run.
I'm gonna scale back and start working on my mile and set some new PRs. Any suggestions though from the pros on RJ on a good approach to this? Does it seem like an absurd endeavor?
Nah, wanting to get better is never an absurd endeavor. Depends on what you're trying to do though.
If you feel your technique is bad and want to eliminate bad habits / injuries, then sure, "re-learning" would be beneficial. Have not read the book Tritimium suggests, but I do think that the "Chi Running" book is good. They have it at the Carnegie Library if you want to check it out.
If you think you're technique is OK but you just want to get FASTER, then perhaps working on your mental game is just as beneficial. Fartleks are helpful for speed as well. See...
...if you're not sure what a fartlek is.
PS...you did an Ironman over the summer if I recall correctly, so you mustn't be doing TOO badly! Be the best YOU that you can be, and realize that there are always gonna be people better (and worse) than you.