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“I love track running. There’s something about that red 400-meter circle that lets my brain switch off—no roads to cross, no bikes to watch out for.” – Kate Carter

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Progress made on a progressive run

Progressively paced
Today's run (street): 3.25 miles

I've been feeling a little down about my running lately, because I haven't been able to generate much speed on my training runs. I feel I should be meeting certain paces and I've come up short over the last week. The fact that my race times have been going in the wrong direction has fed into this frustration. Today's run didn't completely reverse my perspective, but it certainly helped my confidence.

It's hard to explain my current issues. I'm not running to exhaustion, but I've felt like the effort I'm putting in isn't translating into commensurate performance. I haven't been pushing the pace like I'd do if I was training for a race, although I do have a 10K coming up in three weeks. I shouldn't be expecting greatness, but perceived effort seems greater than observed performance.

I started out slowly and expected this run to be another disappointing effort, but I picked up speed every mile, finishing up a minute and half per mile faster than I started. This improvement was not apparent in the moment. It wasn't until I'd downloaded my Garmin's data that I saw my negative splits and realized I'd managed to hit an acceptable overall pace.

I'm glad to have tomorrow, my weekly rest day, for further recovery. I'll need to turn my attention to race training soon. For now I'm just happy to have broken my streak of sub-par runs.

12 comments:

  1. Have you been switching up your runs lately? I think this last one is a good sign, though. Maybe you should make just one run a week run until you feel like you're exhausted. There is so much info out there.. in order to run faster, you have to train faster?

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    1. I have definitely plateaued. A far cry from six weeks ago when I was beating this week's times by a minute per mile. I may have been fighting something over the last week because I felt fatigued. Feeling better today.

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    2. What are you and TPP doing on Sunday? There's some event going on in the city. Do you guys want to see a little bit with us either in Queens or Da Bronx?

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    3. I'll already be there.. I'm leaving Friday night to volunteer! That sounds like a great idea.. I'll be in Boston next year with my sisters and mom...

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    5. That's great that you're volunteering! What are you going to be doing?

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  2. I won't know until I get there. I've got a high school friend who owns http://www.raceresultsweekly.com/ - I met his wife this summer, and she asked if I wanted to volunteer. They're putting me up and GIVING ME CLOTHES and SHOES!!! - I have no idea what I'm getting into!

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  3. It would be so much fun to watch with you guys. I have a conflict on Sunday so I won't be able to get to NYC.

    We should organize a group run on an upcoming weekend though. What do you think of that?

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    1. The weekend of the 16th and 17th may be good because it's between the Warriors & Rockville Ctr 10K's and Long Beach & Garden City Turkey trots.

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