In my continuing read of Hal Higdon’s, Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide, I’ve noted several areas in my training regimen that I need to change…
Today’s focus was: Training Pace
So, this morning I forced myself to run as close to the listed “easy run” pace for today’s session: 11:21
MANTRA: There is a reason for the various components of the training plan and the pacing as well – running at race pace or faster all the time won’t result in a good half or full marathon run. (as you can see, I’m thinking ahead…)
It was tough and I still ended up with an overall 10:49 pace – which is still a full minute slower than my average pace for a run of the same distance. The splits for this morning’s 4-mile run were: 10:12, 11:11, 10:51, and 11:05 – at least I came close to 11 twice.
I felt like I was dragging, but kept telling myself that over a 13.1 or 26.2 mile run, learning this technique will result in negative splits and ultimately better times…
Who said running was simple, thoughtless, forward movement!
One side note: I finally broke down and bought some decent “running” socks – my poser sport socks just were not cutting it anymore.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE! [happy feet! happy feet!]
Now to focus on the other laundry list of items from the book…
Training Journal – 1/31/12:
- Current plan: 10K Training
- Today’s session: 3 mile easy run
- Comments: See above. [i ran 4.46 vs. 3 – the balance of which probably qualifies as “junk miles” in the Higdon book!]