March 6, 2005
not as exciting as the ohio state game on tv
21 miles today with my sometime running partner Albert, who races much faster than I do but prefers to take long runs at a pace I enjoy. We managed 8:04 pace for the whole thing, which is pretty funny considering most of my shorter solo "regular" runs are in the 9-to-9:30 range. I don't think I'm running the long runs too fast - the pace is sometimes brisk but not uncomfortable - but I often wonder if I'm running the bread-and-butter stuff too slowly. My coach isn't too concerned about it, but compared to almost every training regimen I've read about, this is completely backward.
Posted by joe positive at March 6, 2005 2:11 PM
Back before I had a pace I was supposed to hit during my long runs (which seems to be happening more and more these days), I often ran my long runs faster than my easy days. It wasn't as much of a difference as 60-90 seconds per mile, but I tend to be a little more rested going into long runs, I tend to take them a little more seriously, and when you're running that long, it only seems natural to pick up the pace more as you get warmed up.
Either way, it sounds like a good run. Good job!
Posted by: Alison at March 6, 2005 6:44 PM