I think I have been completely preoccupied by thoughts of the training I had to do today at work, because I could not seem to remember anything. First, the kiddo woke me up at 3 am wanting milk and "giggles" (Wiggles). I suddenly remembered that I had not put my dress shoes in my bag...gee, that would have been funny doing training with my managers in a skirt, hose and dirty running shoes. Then, as I am brushing my teeth, I realize I didn't put my hose in the bag. Next, as I was getting into my car, I realized that I didn't bring my hang-up clothes - no skirt, no sweater set! Finally, I came to the realization that I had been driving for almost 10 minutes without turning off the kiddo's "VeggieTales" cd...I had been listening to "The Wheels on The Bus" and hadn't even realized it!
Running was exactly what I needed to get my head together. I completed a loop doing 5/1s. Today, it was the left shin acting up instead of the knee. Nothing a little ice and elevation can't help. I finished a little faster than yesterday, but not my fastest loop either.
On that topic, I find myself facing a little dilema...according to the pace calculators, if I want to finish a marathon in about 5:10, I should be running at the following paces:
- "easy" training runs - 13:16 pace
- "tempo" runs - 11:10 pace
- speed work - 9:24 pace
- long runs - 13:16 - 14:50 pace
Here's the problem...today and yesterday were supposed to be "easy" runs. I have a habit of wanting to run faster during the week, rather than trying to follow the suggested 13:16 pace. Today, for instance, I decided I wanted to run faster than yesterday...it's just a little game I play to keep me motivated. However, I have read all the research that says it is better to run at a slower pace during your training runs. Perhaps I should follow that rule, because I am running at the paces that I have always run at and I have yet to beat my time from my very 1st marathon. If anyone has any advice/opinions on this topic, they are greatly appreciated!
Runlong & Livestrong!
ETA: Grrrr...I just added about 20 links to blogs, houston running groups, places to shop, etc. Then, I pushed the wrong button and lost it all. Ugh, I am going to bed now before I cry!!!