|Ready for some speed play|
Today’s run (street): 3.4 miles
My definition of an okay run has changed a lot in the last couple of weeks. If not for the intervals I ran on Tuesday, I’d be convinced that I’ve lost my ability to run at any speed but tepid. Wednesday was a difficult experience, made worse by the wind. I did manage to get through my five miles that day, but it was rough. I hoped today’s three miles would be easier, and they were. It was…okay.
The warmer temperature this morning seemed to help, and I improved my pace by over a minute compared to Wednesday’s. I was supposed to do today’s workout at half marathon race pace, but I fell short by about 35 seconds per mile. In truth, I wasn’t going for speed as prescribed, I really just hoped to have a decent experience.
I think about my friends who frequently run long distances at paces that I cannot match (except when I’m running 400’s and, in some cases, 200’s). Are they working that much harder than me? Probably, but I suspect it also has to do with being better disciplined about their workouts and putting in the necessary miles. I understand that running 18 to 20 miles a week is not going to build enough endurance get me to a competitive state, but I don’t think I can fit many more into my schedule.
I knew I wasn’t pushing as hard as I could today, but it wasn’t a leisurely effort. There’s a certain amount of energy that I’m willing to expend during a race that I seldom bring to my daily workouts. I’m always concerned about running out of energy on a training run and I tend to hold back to conserve what I have. Tomorrow I plan to add some fartleks (Swedish for “speed play”) to introduce interval level running into a continuous run. If I run out of energy, I can always take down the pace. Or take a recovery rest on the sidewalk.