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The trick of running right & failing miserably

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.

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I have also started back up with my abs program. 4 days a week at least. It’s an oldie, but goody!

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Running

 

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4 miles @ work (11:20)

Comments: With the new Garmin in hand I went out. I set it to beep at me every 5 and then 1 minute. Run 5, walk 1. I am pretty sure I can do that with my old Garmin too, but never tried it. Other than it had problems picking up a signal (downtown), like the old one, it worked really well and doesn’t feel as bulky as the other one did. Regular wrist strap or velco strap, I am not sure which one I like better yet. The old Garmin had the velco strap and I miss it. Perhaps that’s only because I am so used to it.

The run overall went well…I only had minor issues with snow, the sun was out, I was listening to a new book (on tape), and I think the new Garmin made me push myself a little bit. I am looking forward to my long run on Saturday/Sunday (not sure which day I’ll do it yet). I’ll try to get some weightlifting in tomorrow, but I have to run to the PO at lunch, so we’ll see.

Time: 10 am

Weather: 44, sunny, nice

ClothesT-shirt, Pants, Gloves, BB Hat

Shoes: Saucony

Distance: 4

Time: 45:20

Split: 11:20

Course: Goodale Park, x2 and back

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2008 in Running

 

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