Well I’m just totally failing at weekly training updates. It was fun at first to recap every run as soon as I finished. And then we started moving. Along with the move, my runs started having to be flexible as I didn’t always have time to run on the days I was supposed to. I always managed at least three runs a week, including my long run every week.
Six weeks ago, I struggled to run continuously for three miles. I had to take walk breaks, I didn’t finish runs, and when I did finish I felt like I was dying. Today, I ran six miles without a single break. I was tired when I was finished, but not dying.
Which, I guess is to say that this training stuff works.
The first thing that I’ve noticed is that, obviously, my stamina is increasing. I’m not feeling tired or like I have to push to maintain my pace until after four miles. Which, is incredible. I can run for four miles before I feel like it becomes work.
My second observation has to do with pacing. The runs where I want to throw up at the end and have to take walk breaks and feel like I’m dying? I ran all of them at way too fast of a pace. I’m not fast – my average is consistently around 11:45, but that’s okay. I’m not trying to win the race. I’m trying to finish it. I’m planning to start pushing myself a bit on my three mile runs to see if I can’t speed up, but I’m listening to my training plan and running my long runs at an easy to maintain pace. Which is mostly slower than 11:30.
I’m already looking to the next races that I want to run. B is training for a relay race with his work and is talking about running a race here in SoCal at the end of January. I’m thinking that after I do this half, that I want to go down to 10k and 5k distances and work on my speed. And then aim for another half next fall. But, I mostly just want to keep running.