Thursday, March 14, 2013

Heraclitus on Running

Just Google it.
Here is an update on my new training program.  I still really like it and it is still more fun than the old, unchanged, versions. But there are a few flaws with the changing of the training program.

This week's mid-week tempo-like run was a 3x10min @ Half Marathon Race Pace with three minutes easy running between each interval. I was lucky to be able to get a bit of this run in with my chum Pavement Runner as we discussed business.

The Good:
The run was great and pretty easy to keep pace, but not easy overall. Spending 30 minutes of a 50 minute run in the middle of the week at race pace isn't extremely difficult but the assistance of a breakfast burrito sitting squarely in my gut didn't make the first interval pleasant. 

This workout was felt like it was designed with a marathon in mind.  As I was pushing for my last ten minutes, I wasn't as gassed as I have been on longer tempo runs or on old speed work days.  It felt like I was working hard but like I had plenty left in the tank.  I hope to feel that way at mile 22 in May.  I think that is the point. Time will tell.
The Not as Good
It took just over six miles to get in this workout safely (with a warm up and cool down) even though the schedule called for four. It was deceptively longer than I thought it would be.  As written it was 39 minutes of running.  But after running all week, it takes about a mile to warm up and another mile or so to cool down.  When scheduling my life around my running schedule I like looking quickly and knowing how long I will be working out...this one took a little more math, and I don't like math.
More updates on the training plan as the come.  Tomorrow I will be getting my long run in due to travel plans over the weekend.  I will be on the road by 5:30am (if not earlier) and will hopefully have lots of pretty pictures and tales to share with all six of you reading the blog. 

3 comments:

la maratonista (AKA Jenni) said...

Hmmm, I'll have to readjust that - I guess that's what happens when you have the super fast guy help you with the calculations. :)

Donald C. Cutler said...

The faster you run the more distance you cover...the math is on me.

Heather said...

Now you'll show up in my blogger feed! :)