This is where all my experienced runner readers chime in, okay? Even if you normally lurk, can you just come out of lurkingdom for a second and help an inexperience runner out.
Race Pace. I know what that is.
I always try to run my training runs as fast as I can. In theory, or in my head, this sounds like a good idea. I mean, If I can run a 10mile training run at an 8:40 pace, then that means I can probably maintain that pace, or faster during an actual race, right? That’s how my brain works anyways.
Am I thinking about this the wrong way? Should I be running my training runs slower? That doesn’t make sense in my head, but I’m no pro-runner so I have no idea what I’m talking about anyways most of the time. Say I run an 11 mile training run; should I say, “Okay, 5 miles of that will be at race pace, and the other 6 will be at 9:15” .. My ideal race pace for my upcoming 15k, to PR, is 8:42. Let’s be honest, If I can hang out at the 8:30 pace for 9.3 then heck-to-the-yeah, let’s do that instead.
So, should I be running part of my long runs @ 8:40, and the other part at a slower pace? What about my shorter runs? What pace do I run those at?
I know what my training plan says, but my training plan from Runners World is a some what of a generic form. I mean, I just plugged some numbers in and it spit me out a plan. It doesn’t actually know what I’m capable (or not capable) of. Does that make sense?
Tell me runner friends, how do you manage your training run pace?
I ran 3.06 miles tonight after work. I was planning on doing 5, but then I remembered I changed my schedule this week so my miles should only be 3 (yay!). I was totally not feeling 5. I actually didn’t think I would make it through 2. My quads were SO tight up until about 1.5miles, then they loosened up a bit. My time for my run was 28:38, and I don’t remember what the pace was, figure it out. My garmin died like .12 miles into the run. Thankfully I have runkeeper on my phone so I turned that on while I ran. I didn’t have it set to tell my me pace so I had no clue what my pace was. I was just running what felt comfortable. My legs were so tight walking sounded like the best idea EVAH!
While perusing the Wholeliving.com website today I came across THIS article;
“Ohhmm, yeah. New research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that regular yoga practice can enhance your sex life.”
Maybe If I show Chris this article he will leave me alone during Jillian’s Yoga Melt down. Bahahah!
I’m currently stressing out over school. I have a few weeks left, and I’m really questioning how much I actually know. Ugh.
Happy Hump Day Y’all