Last week was a solid week.
My new training plan (from the June 2012 issue of Runner’s World) is a five-week plan to run a sub-30 minute 5K. This is a big running goal for me in 2012. Week One consisted of speed work, tempo, two easy, and one long run. I was also able to fit two days of double workouts to fit in my new weights routine. I am even starting to feel comfortable and confident moving around the weights area.
It could be in my head, but I am already starting to feel faster. One reason why I have not seen as many gains in my speed is that I find it more comfortable to run at an easy pace. Never wanting to push myself too hard, I relied on the same pace for too long. It seems obvious, but having to push yourself is a concept I am just starting to learn.
The plan is much lower mileage than I am used to being in half-marathon training mode for the past eight months. This is a good thing. I needed a mental break from running long (to me) distances. Focusing on shorter distances is great for Florida this time of year. As I found out on my run on Saturday (which was going to be my six-mile long run) which I totally blew up. The heat just got to me and I had to call it. Luckily, I had time to fit in the run on Sunday (on a treadmill in air-conditioning at the gym).
Even though my run was much less than stellar, I ran at the future site of Ironman Florida and the triathletes were out in full force. Tons of runners and cyclists practicing the route for May 20th. It is so exciting to see other people discover the beauty of Lake Eva and the surrounding area.
What is the most effective way you have found to get faster?