DISCLAIMER: This post is totally full of “technical” running mumbo jumbo. So if you do not spend several hours a week hitting the asphalt or trail, and several more talking about it…you might want to skip it. I will not be hurt.
So far this year I am not having any real running problems… So yeah, why the title of this post? I’m having a terrible time with the plan my coach made for me.
He set this very fast Pace per Mile for my training runs. When I first saw it I was like, Uh ok? In fact, I was kind of excited about the challenge. Unfortunately the challenge was too fast for me. REALLY. I tried for 2 weeks, and I just could not achieve the pace. When I was running it, I felt like I was sprinting. I’ve told him it’s too fast. He has sort of told me that he doesn’t think it’s too fast and that I need to keep trying. He thinks I am not trying. But really. I have never run the pace he set for me fore more than 2 miles.
I talked to two others who write plans and have had great running success. Both of them say that the pace set is too fast. Most of the experienced runners on my Daily Mile site, agree that it is too fast. So I did my 10K, had not the best results, and thought about it a lot.
On sunday, I looked at several different running plans. After sifting about a bit, I found the FIRST plan. It looks very organized, and the paces set by my 5K PR are paces I can run. So this morning, being kind of unsure of what I should do, I decided to try out one of the FIRST Runs on the Half marathon Plan, as I have a Half in July.
It was a tough run. 5 miles at an 11:09 pace. I sort of bombed the run. My legs are still recovering from the Saturday race and I really felt it when I started. Plus my Hip labrum area was really hurting on the uphill. I ran the first 2 miles at the proper pace, the third mile at much slower than the proper pace, and then miles 4 and 5 consecutively faster than the proper pace. Imagine my total surprise when I looked at the totals and my overall pace was exactly 11:09. too funny.
My only misunderstanding about the plan is exactly how I will get any faster. The plan has my Half pace at 12:00 MM and I really run a half right now at about 11:30. So do I actually get faster or am I training to run the Half at the pace predicted by a 5K back in February? I don’t really understand that. I know doing long runs at slower paces will build endurance, but if I can already run a half at an 11:30 pace, why would I train at a Half pace that is 12:00. I am just confused by their predictions. It may be that my 5K time is not that great and I actually perform slightly better than predicted at longer distances. Opinions? Explainations?
Secondly…Lets say I start this plan today. In 3 weeks, I have another 5K race planned. I will probably set another PR. Do I then adjust the training based on my new PR? Or? leave it as it is?
Thirdly. How do I tell my coach that I’m not using his plan? I am torn. I could not tell him, but then he will continue to have to write monthly workouts that I am not using. I do not know how he will react. He is great to train with in the gym. He is relatively new at writing plans…and not telling him does not give him an opportunity to learn and grow. I just do not want to upset him.
Sooooo Running friends. Opinions on Anything written about here?