I am continuing to keep all those affected by Boston in my thoughts. I am sending healing thoughts to those injured and condolences to those that lost a loved one. I’m also sending comforting thoughts to all of the runners who were there that had a day of celebration ripped away from them. I can’t imagine what they may be going through right now, especially if someone who came to watch them run was hurt. I continue to dedicate my runs to Boston.
After work Barry and I went for a short run, a little over 2 miles. It’s in the mid-70’s outside, but it didn’t feel all that hot. We ran at a 9:52 pace today, which felt comfortably hard.
As I was driving at work today, I was thinking about running (as I often do while driving… since I’d rather be doing that). I was thinking about Boston and I was thinking about my own running. And I got to thinking about how I really want to run Boston someday, which means I have to get a lot faster.
It’s not just the desire to run Boston that makes me want to get faster. In general I want to continue to improve as a runner. I feel like I have proved to myself I can conquer the distance (at least I hope so, after completing eight half marathons), which is what running was initially about for me. Now it’s time to start focusing on getting a bit faster, but I’m not sure exactly how.
I read enough blogs to know about speedwork, tempo runs, etc. I currently incorporate tempo runs and progressive runs into my training but obviously I need to do more. I use the McMillan calculator to figure out what pace I should be aiming for on my tempo runs and I’m thinking I should also be able to use it to figure out what to aim for on shorter speedwork-type workouts. But I feel a little lost. There is too much information on the internet about how to get faster and how to do speedwork, and a lot of it conflicts.
I’m thinking I need to make friends with the local high school track. However, I just don’t know what to do there. What should my first track workout be? Should I aim for the paces I find on the McMillan calculator using a recent race time, or should I put in a goal race time and use those paces? Also should I run on the inside lane (obviously I won’t if there’s someone faster using the track at the same time)? If I run in a lane thats further out, will I still only hit 400 meters if I run once around and finish at the same spot where I started? The reason I have all of these questions: the extent of my experience with the track is the dreaded “Mile Monday” that we ran for field hockey in high school.
All of that being said, I do not expect to PR at either of the half marathons I have coming up. Blue Ridge goes up a mountain (and it’s on Saturday…. not exaclty enough time to become a speedster) and the Varmint is really hilly and run at elevation. BUT the Varmint is in early June. Maybe that’s enough time to get stronger and aim to beat my time from last year?
By the way, look what my Dad found! Here is some proof that I know how to ride a unicycle, like I said 🙂 These pictures are from the Cherry Blossom Parade, and I was probably in sixth or seventh grade which would be sometime 2000-2001. I was riding a 7 foot tall unicycle.
Do you use speedwork in your training?
Help me! I need some guidance on how to do speedwork. Any suggestions on speedwork for a beginner?
Aside from befriending the track, how else can I try and build speed?