>> Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I've been trying to re-do some of the workouts that Coach Jen gave me last year for the TC 10 Mile. They really have me thinking about what the POINT of the runs were when Coach Jen gave them to me a year ago. Last year, I just did the runs like coach said - like a soldier receiving orders. "Yes Ma'am." Don't think I'm complaining... she got the job done! This year, I really started looking at WHY I was given certain runs. There's one thing that really stood out in the workouts I was given.
And lots of 'em.
My issue in the past was that I was OVER-TRAINED. I would run most every training run HARD. I knew that when I worked with Coach Jen last year that she'd "slow me down" a bit to keep me from over-training and burning out my legs. But as I look back over my training from last year, I saw something familiar in every run: there were at least 2 miles in about 80% of my runs that were at race pace.
- If it was an easy, easy, easy day, I wasn't doing race-pace running, but that was only about once every-other week.
- If it was an easyish day, it might have been 6 miles with miles 4 and 5 at 6:00 pace (my goal pace last year for the TC 10 Mile).
- If it was a tempo day, the run contained 4 or so miles FASTER than race pace.
- If it was a long run day, I'd maybe run a total of 10-12 miles, but 5 or so would be around race pace.
There was always an easy warm-up, and always an easy cool-down, but most runs contained some FAST running. And all of this did NOT lead to over-training, and I nailed my sub-60 goal with a 59:05 finish:
Half way into the 2010 TC 10 Mile
Back with more on my TC 10 Mile training shortly. I've been doing many of the same workouts as last year, but with different results....