Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Run in the Woods

Today's run was great. After work I laced up the shoes and made a run for the Greenway. The weather had cleared up from the tornadoes last weekend so it was a nice change of pace to run without the head wind on Saturday.

This was a quick training run. My pace has slowed just a bit, maybe by 5 to 10 seconds per mile. It has been a conscious effort on my part to make that happen. I love to run hard and fast but the goal to raise my aerobic threshold means that I need to back off the pace and start putting more base miles in but enough about all that VO2 Max stuff.

While I was running, I got to thinking about pace and strides and distance and everything that running slower than normal will make you think about. I tried to put into perspective the fact that running 45 minutes and covering about 6 miles does not mean I am in great shape. There are a ton of people out there who run 45 minutes and cover less distance who are in far better shape than I am.

Thinking this way makes it difficult to keep your pace slow. You want to pick it up thinking that will get you into better "shape". Yes there is a place for high pace running, interval training, and sprint work. I love to do those things, but right now I am confident that the things I need are long slow miles to put more fuel in my tank.

I have a couple of running goals that include me running fast this summer and these base miles are what will build that foundation with which to construct the speed work on top of. I'm looking forward to the rest of the year and the challenges work, training, and life will bring.

Run Summary
Route: Big Rock 2.8 miles out and back
Duration: 45 Minutes
Pace: 7:50/mile

Supplements Taken Today
Post Workout Recovery

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  Sunday run in the rain.