Thursday, April 10, 2008

Goal: Increase Speed

Run Time: 1 Hour 5 min, Run Distance: 6.25 Miles Additional Lifting: 2-12 @ 70 Lbs Chest Press

Got a pretty good run in yesterday. I'm not entirely sure why, but it's been a struggle to get to 6 miles lately. Maybe I need to adjust my other runs throughout the week to make my long run more solid. I really want to make it to 7 or 8 miles by next week. I was reading Fitness Magazine and they said that I should be concentrating more on my form and speed rather than how much mileage I get in. I'm not entirely sure that I should believe them. If I'm going to be running 13.1 miles, I'd like to get my body used to accumulating mileage.

But nevertheless, I will be trying to increase my speed today. I plan on doing some more intervals. I've discovered that intervals are a highly praised form of training in all fitness magazines and forums. This is kind of a bummer because as much as I do them, I still can't quite get to the point to where I'm like "I LOVE intervals." My body likes running at one pace because then I can just zone out and feel the rhythm of my feet. Cheesy I know. But I will admit I do like seeing how much I can push my body to run faster. Right now I'm running the 6 milers at about a 6.0 pace (10 min/mile). I would like to increase that to a 7.0 prior to my more formal training that will start at the end of May.

Oh and I'm pretty bummed about the weather here in Minnesota right now. We're expecting snow this weekend. SNOW! Yuck! In April. Enough is enough. Can we please get the sun? I'd really like to be able to get some good outdoor runs in.

I start my weekend classes on Friday. Trying to figure out how I'm going to juggle a workout in that day. I already missed one workout this week because I had to go to Orientation on Tuesday and I literally wasn't home until about 9 pm. So I really need to fit this Friday workout in somehow. I could always make up for it on Saturday morning but that I know I have a greater chance of getting it done if I'm close to my gym on Friday after work.


kch said...

Snowing in Colorado today...

Intervals are much more fun if you can find a couple of people that are close to your pace to do them with. And, you may start to love them when you see how well they work!

Good luck with your training.

Anonymous said...

Im not an expert but I also think that when training for a marathon it is a big priority to do long runs and get use to getting a lot of mileage done. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't work on speed and form, but it's not the priority when training for a marathon, specially if it's your first one. After you've completed it, you can think about speed and improve your times, but you need to have finished one to worry about a time to beat on your next marathon :p

chris said...

I agree...get the miles in and then worry about speed. Form is always important, but if your endurance is low, how will you ever complete the half?