One of the best things about finishing a race you have been preparing for for a while, is being able to take a break afterwards. Even if its only for a week, cutting back can feel great! We just ran in the B.A.A. 5k, and while I’d love to take a break and just go for fun workouts, the structure of the Distance Medley doesn’t really cut me any slack! The 10k is in just 8 weeks, and as it is a distance I’ve never even come close to running, I really have some hard work to do.
The training guide that I’m following has three runnings days (a medium run, a short run, and a long run), two cross-training days, one stretching day, and one rest day. While I know the most important thing is to complete the distance runs, so I can really run the whole 6.2, I’d really like to improve my speed, because I’m embarrassingly slow and I’m pretty sure I can be out-walked while running my fastest.
Short run days are perfect if you are trying to incorporate speed training. Every Thursday, I’m scheduled to run 2 miles. And on those days, I am trying to run faster intervals, so I can eventually work up to a faster pace that I will be able to maintain for long distances. Last Thursday was my first attempt at this, and I was pretty excited to get out there. I started running and when I got blown over by my first gust of 25 mph wind, I knew my speed training wasn’t going to go so well.
As a beginner runner, I never really thought about how winds affected a run. I didn’t understand why people said they were hitting the treadmill, when it looked like a perfectly sunny day. Running in the wind is horrible! With winds of 25 mph you end up using 20% more energy to maintain your normal pace. So while it may not have been a good day for speed training, I did get in a good workout, finishing my two miles at my normal pace. What I didn’t know is that people pay money to create windy conditions in which to train. Resistance running really has benefits when you’re training. Seems crazy to me!