Here is what my running week looked like last week:
Training for Marine Corps Marathon has not officially started yet but I still like to evaluate my running each week to see what worked and what did not. When I look at this week and critique it, I see a couple of things.
1. Double stroller running is HARD. My miles from Monday felt fast based on perceived effort, but were some of the slowest all week.
2. My 2 mile tempo on Thursday was perfectly paced. I hit both miles at an exact pace of 6:42. This is the fastest pace I have built in for my tempos, which means that I need to be doing more than just 2 miles if I can hit the pace at the beginning of my training cycle.
3. Sunday was supposed to be a recovery run, which should be the slowest run of the week for me. I got a little carried away running with people, which I don’t often get to do, so I ran too fast.
Tip: It is very important that if one of your goals is to get faster that you do not do all of your runs in your ‘comfort zone’
This zone is usually too slow for your fast workouts and too fast for your slow workouts. If you want to improve each training cycle and get faster, than you need to make sure that your slow workouts are slow and your fast workouts are fast. This allows your body to make the appropriate training adaptations that are supposed to happen over the course of a training cycle.
It takes patience and courage to be a runner.
Have the courage, to have the patience to run the appropriate pace, even if that pace at times may feel painfully slow/insanely fast to you.
Remember training runs are NOT the race[I remind myself this weekly].
Who is signed up to run Marine Corps Marathon in the fall?