June 14, 2005
8 with strides
Almost anyone who reads this has also read Advanced Marathoning or has heard of it or knows basically what a marathon training plan looks like, so I won't go too much into detail. This morning's run was "general aerobic" plus 10 strides, during each of which I was supposed to concentrate on on aspect of form.
The strides were fine, but the general aerobic was a bear. As I have mentioned before, I run pretty slowly except for races and (oddly) long runs, and I'm a lousy judge of pace. Put all that together with a GPS that can't find the sky, and you get a warmup about 30 - 50s/mile too fast plus a cooldown that feels a leetle bit too hard to maintain at that elusive "general aerobic" pace. I don't mind so much that it feels a little harder (it's supposed to, dontcha think) but I worry about getting injured like I did last summer because I ran too hard for my level of fitness.
What would coach P say? Probably something like shut up, quit checking the watch so much, just run the miles. So I will.
Peon, free - you guys are my hero.
Posted by joe positive at June 14, 2005 7:53 PM
"What would coach P say?"
Be quiet. Don't look at the watch so much. Just log the miles.
Posted by: Coach P's lackey at June 14, 2005 10:42 PM
Have you tried running with a heart rate monitor? That's what my coach has me do to make sure I'm taking the "easy" days, easy. So I run around 75% of my max. It's helpful on days you shouldn't push yourself etc, I've realized by wearing it that I sometimes do my "easy" runs too fast.
Posted by: Nanda at June 15, 2005 12:34 PM
I would log the miles and not worry about pace so much. I used to be a slave to my watch, but the only time I am aware of my running time now is 1) when I am on a treadmill; 2) when I am running with someone else who times us; or 3) in a race where I can see mile clocks. I think it has helped me a ton over the years! It has been 6 years since I cleaned myself of the watch/splits addiction :)
Posted by: bridget at June 15, 2005 11:46 PM