Workouts this week:
Tuesday: Two miles -- had to really talk myself into this one.
Friday: Tempo run!
Saturday: Took a walk :)
Sunday: Seven miles -- difficult but I felt SO GOOD after.
Running slowerI had an epiphany last week while I was running.
I've had the function of my app that reads out my pace while I run turned off for a while -- I turned it off when I was having sucky long runs a while back and have kept it off because it seemed to help.
Even so, at the end of a run, I wanna see that I've run it fast, you know? My success has still been tied up in my pace.
Well, I had an epiphany last week while I was running that running slower is a strategy I should be practicing. I'm not talking about any specific pace here -- just running slower than a pace I'd be excited about, actually slowing it down on purpose.
See, one of my goals for my next half is to run it without walking (or only walking through the aid stations). I'm going to try not to set a time goal because I think that if I can run without walking, I'll beat my first time. And if not, I think I'll still feel better about the race overall.
So I realized last week that I should be practicing running slower because I am going to want to stop and walk during my race. I know I will. But if I can get good at slowing it down, at running a slower pace so that I can restore my energy without walking.
So that's what I'm trying to do now. I've been supposed to be doing this (awful sentence structure -- go with it) this whole time -- twice a week my runs are supposed to be at an "easy" pace -- but I haven't been able to push past that mental barrier of wanting to run faster faster faster. I'm hoping now that I can see it as strategy, I can practice it.
So that's where I'm at now! I've got 10k race coming up this weekend and I'm pretty excited about it! Wish me luck :)
How's your training going?