(Sorry, not the drug.)
As I mentioned before, I’m currently following Coach Hal’s Post Marathon Recovery Plan. Last week sucked, because I was only supposed to run a few days. And, in case you’re new around here… I’m kinda, sorta addicted to running at least 5 days a week. (Yes, even after a marathon). It’s a sickness, really…
It’s obvious that I need this truncated running schedule though, because as soon as I start running and I hit any type of incline whatsoever, my legs become heavy and I’m all… oh yeah, I ran a marathon 10 days ago, I forgot.
So, the training plan is basically a bunch of pansy-ass mileage with 3 speed days a week:
Tuesdays= short/fast interval training
Thursdays = longer intervals
Saturdays = tempo runs
This is simultaneously good and bad. You see, it’s awesome because hopefully I’ll get into a good routine of keeping up with interval training, because I know I need it. It’s bad because… well… I hate speedwork.
My lack of speedwork is grossly evident though, because when I read this statement in a plan...
“Do your pace run at marathon pace”
...I scratch my head...Uhhh… can you really call it speedwork when your marathon pace is actually slower than your regular training pace? Like… my BEST marathon pace is 10:50. But, I NEVER run 10:50 miles any other time. I mean.. sure.. they mean for you to run at your estimated race pace time (what you WANT to finish at)…. But, still that time is going to be like wayyyy over my normal training pace.
Apparently… somewhere out there, there are people who have large-ish discrepancies between their different distances… Me? This is how I roll:
Less than 10: 9:00ish - 9:15ish
13.1: 9:30 ish.
I’m thinking that it’s probably a problem that I’m only running 1 minute per mile differences between 5k and half marathons. I don’t know, am I wrong? Is that normal?
Anyway, I do know one thing… the best way to run faster is to do SPEEDWORK (ugh).
Today, I had to do 4x400s at 5k pace. And do you know what’s worse than running 5k pace during a race and feeling like you’re going to throw up??? Doing it for training purposes and not getting an ugly t-shirt to show for it. It sucked. But… I did it, and now I get to look forward to Thursday’s long intervals! yay! Ugh. Arg. Sucky suckerton.