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.
It's my birthday, and I'll run if I want to
2 days ago