Today I want to talk about running by effort. How hard is it??
On Monday, I had to go out for a 6ish mile run that was a workout. Coach Marc wanted me to do a 1.5 mile warmup, 8×2:20 minutes at 10K/half-marathon pace with 30 second break, then 90 second break before repeating those 8 reps again.
Monday was hot and HUMID. I knew as I started the run that it was going to be a struggle. I took my warmup and cooldowns pretty slow, with some walking. I tried as hard as I could for those 2:20 repeats. Yet, when I finished, my watch still showed 11:30 average pace!
Well, not my watch. I actually downloaded Strava and used it for the first time, but for some reason saved it as cycling and not running, so I couldn’t see my splits. So then I REALLY didn’t know what paces I had been running haha.
Anyway, I was frustrated and tweeted about it and had this Twitter conversation with Marc:
Even when I’m just on recovery runs I wonder what pace I’m running. I won’t wear my GPS watch or track the run but I’ll still end up going home and calculating the distance and time…I know, ridiculous!
I guess because for me, one of my main goals is to make my easy pace faster. I have been stuck at an easy pace of 10-11 minutes per mile for years now. So I end up watching my pace during runs.
I know that on a hot humid day my pace will be slower and my body will have to work harder. I know that runners should go by EFFORT on any given day due to various factors. I also know that I shouldn’t eat as many cookies, but I still do
I guess when I do workouts I want my paces to be sub-10 because I hope that is what my marathon pace will be. It’s definitely something I need to work on, and I’ve been mindful of it by not wearing my GPS watch and just wearing a normal watch.
I guess the point of this post is to ask advice:
Do you worry about your pace? How do you stop worrying about it and just go by effort? Do you think it’s made you faster in the long run?
I have a 10 mile run today (hopefully…if it doesn’t storm later), and I plan on just going easy.
Thanks for your advice in advance!
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