This is a saying you've probably heard many times. It's one that I promised to fully adopt when I hired a coach. Actually, I've used this saying in the past when dedicating to ANY new or different type of training. It means you have to believe in your training. This holds true if you are self-coached, have a hired coach, or use a cookie-cutter plan from a book or the Internet. You have to trust it and follow it through. I think this is a great time to talk about my current training and how I'm feeling about it.
My mileage is sitting pretty in the upper 70s. Granted this is a little less than I usually do in marathon training, but any skilled coach knows that don't tax both systems at once. Meaning, if you introduce new types of speed work, you should not max out on mileage. Same for mileage- if you are upping your mileage, you should take it easier on the speed end. It isn't until later in the training cycle when the speed AND distance ends come together for those final weeks of hard training prior to the taper.
The past few weeks, I've been doing two workouts a week, plus a long-ish run. One workout is a tempo, the other some sort of interval training. The thing that is working out well for me (or terrible for me, whichever way you look at it) is that since I gave the reins to someone else, there are no take-backs on the workouts. Meaning, when I coached myself, it was very easy to discount a workout to make it easier, either by pace or length. Nope. Not now. Wide open. When I first looked at my training plan on TP, I was a little scared. Holy CRAP, these are some FAST paces! Honestly, I had a great deal of anxiety about meeting them, almost to the point of dreading the workout. After a few weeks, though, I began feeling more comfortable with these new workouts. Um, the workouts didn't/don't FEEL comfortable by any means, but mentally, I feel better. Part of that comes from the fact that I am mostly successful in the workouts. Of course, there are days when I don't hit the paces and some days when I blow them away. It comes with the territory. It also helps that my coach really reinforces that a workout is just that- ONE WORKOUT. It does not make or break you as a runner, nor is a crystal ball of your goal marathon's success.
A few other tidbits- I think I've gained more knee lift. Yep, I'm SLOWLY going from running with straight-stick legs to a slightly bent knee. It's a slow process, but I'm doing DAILY drills to correct this. Also, I'm getting abs, people! I mean, real muscles under there. Of course, I have my School-Teacher-Summer-Blubber, but that will quickly diminish within a week or two of starving to death in Room 325.
I am having a tempo problem. It's kind of embarrassing that I'm a 20 year runner, a 27 time marathon finisher, yet I continue to race my tempo workouts. Let's talk about what/why I'm doing this. It goes something like this-
1. Coach gives me a range for the tempo. Being that it's summer on the Gulf Coast and that I am fairly early in the training cycle, I should be at the slower end of this range.
2. He gave me a few guidelines as to how a proper tempo should feel on the effort scale. Yes, I am educated runner. I know these things.
3. I go hit the road and blaze out like a bat out of hell. Why? Who knows. Mile 1 pops up and my stupid, idiotic ego won't let me slow down, even though I know good and well I past my element. Um, am I doing these tempos with others? Trying to prove something? No, I'm alone. In the dark, no one but me and the Garmin.
4. Repeat every single week. I deserve to run with a dunce cap.
So, last week I ran so hard that I nearly puked and passed out at the end of my tempo. True story. Last week's tempo was FASTER than the pace I ran a 5K on Saturday. Why? Because I'm racing my tempo workouts. Document this- I am the dumbest smart girl you will ever meet. So, Coach grounded me from my Garmin. Oof. Surely this would cure my tempo stupidity. Well, it didn't.
Saturday morning, I headed out for 3 x 2 mile tempos. I felt fairly good, despite it being blazing hot. I chose a route where I ran the same two miles 3 times, one where I didn't know where the mile markers were- just the start and finish for the 2 miles. I wore a classic stopwatch and hit the first 2 miles in 12:18. Yeah, do the math on that friends. STILL RACING WORKOUTS! Grrr. Thanks to the blazing out of the first rep, I had to fight like heck not to crash and burn. By the time I finished that workout, I had that "effort headache" and I think I saw stars. The average of that tempo was also faster than last Saturday's 5K. It was even faster than my 10K PR. I'm awesome like that.
Aside from the tempo situation and completely sucking at two recent 5Ks, things are going pretty awesome. I'm feeling decent on the long runs, not too slow given the temps and humidity down here. I'm not feeling any niggles, and weight wise, I am just slightly over my goal weight. Which like I said earlier, once I get back my regular school routine, the weight will fall right off. (That's the way it usually works.)
I'd really love to hear from you guys, especially if you have any ideas for blog posts. :)
Run Happy, friends!