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When it all starts to come together!

Okay, so…

As I mentioned a while back, I decided that I am ready to push harder and set new goals, so I hired myself a running coach.

It has been about 6 weeks since I started training with her, and I think it’s going great.

It has been a little bit of a struggle, adjusting to a new style of training, and a new training schedule, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

The work outs are challenging, but not impossible, and they have been a real exercise in self assessment.  They are different every time, and really force me to pay attention to what I am doing and how hard I am working.  There is no more just going out and running as hard as I can and exhausting myself.  Now, when I’m exhausted it’s because I’ve been put through a challenging work out, with a purpose.

Speaking of works out with a purpose! Apparently, the purpose of my works outs is to solve complex mathematical equations while I run!

Sometimes, okay most of the time, I can’t remember the work out while I’m out running, so I write it on my hand.  Last night it said 15’e – 2 x 8’m (3′) / 20’e.  So what the heck does that mean? And what is the answer to the equation?  Well, this example means 15 minutes easy, 2 x 8 minutes at marathon pace w 3 minutes recovery between sets, followed by 20minutes easy. And the answer to the equation appears to be exhaustion!

The great thing about this new training program is that my mileage is higher than it has ever been before, yet I feel like I am running less!  I can run faster, comfortably and it is getting easier to put in the ‘hard work’.  My average pace for my runs is getting faster, and when I really push myself I’m hitting a pace faster than I’ve seen in races in the past.

I’m looking forward to the marathon in October, but I am really excited about what will come after that.

Next year there won’t be a mid-year marathon.  I’m going to spend the spring focused on speed over shorter distances, and hopefully I will be training with a half marathon as a goal race in the middle of the year.

Seeing all this improvement come from the changes to my running style and training routine has me really excited for what is to come!!

 

 

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