After talking to my aunt who has been running for years and has done 5 1/2's this year and has run the Chicago marathon and done several triathlons I have decided to not just run each time I go out. I've been reading blogs for awhile and I see people doing tempo runs and long, slow runs and all that stuff, but I just assumed that I wasn't that advanced and I just needed to run. And then I got bored. And I felt like I wasn't improving, all of my runs were the same pace, I felt like I was dying if I tried to go any faster, and I felt discouraged. She told me that she had been a 10 min miler for 10 years. She never really worked at it, that's just how she ran. Then she started running with a friend and this friend did tempo runs. My aunt started doing them with her and now runs 8:30 miles.
So I did my first tempo run (I think, I don't know if I have the correct terminology) on Wednesday. Then today I ran 5 miles slower than I have been running "normally". I set the Garmin to chirp at me when I was going faster than 11:00 min/mile. I did the same thing last week and it chirped at me a lot. This week, not so much! I had no problem slowing down. I don't know if it was because I was really focusing on it or if it would've been a crappy run if I was trying to run "normal". Either way I felt good the whole time until the last quarter mile I started to feel really tired. I ended up only running a little over 5 miles in an hour which seems so incredibly slow compared to all of you, but hopefully it will help me actually get faster. That's the logic right? We'll see.