Posted: 11/12/2014 at 12:45
PS - of course you should go out and enjoy it. Hopefully it is not too cold.
So last night was another very cold night. It is teh wind chill that is the bigger issue really. Probably not as cold as for your early morning runs PS and maybe it feels colder than it is as I am being stubborn and refusing to give in to running tights for now.
I had about an hour or so to get the run in and briefly toyed with the idea of doing a tempo run (PS will come back to this as I think this is a factor in settling on training paces when we are all busy people), but decided that too fast sessions back to back is not what is needed whilst getting back into it. A more gentle run, MP + 30 secs, seemed more appropriate.
7 miles at 8:26 min/mile pace (avg) was a good run. Felt ok. Did not have 7 consistent mile splits but that will come.
Cannot run tonight as I have a Carol concert at my sons school so last nights run was important.
On the subject of paces during training.
There has been some execellent advice on here and I recognise that I often run too fast.
The importance of having a training plan we all understand. The importance of knowing what pace you should run all the training runs is something that takes us all longer to embed in the brain.
PS, you mentioned the pressure of needing to get back home for family commitments etc.
This is so true.
The number of times I have gone out to run 6 miles because that was what was in theplan, but know I ned to be back home by a certain time. This meant I have run faster to get back in time and probably got no real value out of the run as it became something different from what the body needed.
Goes back to last night. Having run mile intervals on Tuesday, running a tempo run last night would not have given the muscles etc time to recover. And of course that risks an injury.
So I agree with Carter. Getting the pacing right is key and running training runs too fast does not give the recovery time needed during training to ensure you arrive at the start line in the big race in peak condition. The high mileage and faster pace training runs leaves the body a little tired even though we probably do not realise it.
More later on why choice of training plan is as important.