I’ve been told a number of times by a number of runners that I am “faster than I think.” It’s sweet when people say this but it’s not completely accurate.
I’m faster than I run.
And definitely faster than I race.
Last week’s 10K took me by surprise. I would neeeeeeever have planned to run 6 miles at a 9:17 average two weeks after the marathon. I only ran that pace a handful of times in the last five months and never for that long. And honestly, it wasn’t that hard.
Now that I’ve completed all of my 2013 running goals (!!!!!!!), I’ve thought a lot about what’s next. I have some specific races and some semi-insane race fantasies but the big goal is speed. Despite my conservative approach, I’ve grown tremendously as a runner. Now it’s time to actually listen to my body and not only run to my current potential on a regular basis (um, see above graphic) but to push the boundaries and get even faster.
So what does this mean?
* A weekly interval session. (Time to hit the track! Eek!)
* A weekly tempo, progression or steady state run.
* A weekly long(er) run about 30 seconds faster than my LSD pace during marathon training.
This all really hit home when I plugged a sub-2hr half marathon goal into the McMillan calculator and it spit out…
MY CURRENT TRAINING PACES.
So, THAT’S AWKWARD.
Time to get to work!
What’s your favorite speed workout? How do you push the limits when it’s so comfy and happy not to?