A new training season has begun! My goals are a half marathon for fun in Missoula, Montana in July and a race half marathon in the fall. With a new season comes the hopes and dreams of nailed tempo runs, flawless intervals, effortless long runs, and of course, the best race ever!
I have learned A LOT about running efficiency and economy over the last year; I can write training programs and associated speed workouts. But, there is still one thing that I struggle with…I KNOW the times I need to run to get the most of out my individual training sessions. I just need to LEARN the feel of the exact pace.
Why is that so important? Because each workout is designed to make me a more efficient runner. One helps with getting my body used to the distance, another helps push my lactate threshold out, another is to get me used to running faster paces, and so on, all helping my body adapt and become a better runner. If you don’t run them at the right pace, it’s like trying to loose weight, eating too much of the right food. The result is not what you are looking for.
Tonight the goal was to run my long-run-pace as a warm up, then hit my half marathon pace for 2 miles, and then again my long run for a cool down. The ideal paces would have been 11:26, 10:00, 10:00, and again 11:26. I brought music with me, because it helped me get through my last half marathon. Duh!
I won’t be bringing it to my speed workouts anymore! I need to learn to listen to my body and my breathing, I can’t do that with music in my ears. I knew this, but thought “I need the mental support.” The music was turned off after about mile 1.5. Yes, I am a slow learner. *sigh*
Another thing is I need to learn how my new Garmin 620 can help me the best. Since the run I have changed some of the fields. For instance, average pace does not do me any good when I need lap pace instead…the reason for mile 2 and 3 being so fast.
Yes, I still have a lot to learn. But I am OK with that, I have plenty of time this season.
I have also started back up with my abs program. 4 days a week at least. It’s an oldie, but goody!