Thursday, April 26, 2007

Flyng blind

I have no coach, no team, no workout buddies, exactly (though Triathlon Goddess Tina is really really nice to me!) So I have no particular strategy in training, other than to try to workout longer to build endurance. I've invented a few things, like working out more intensely every other day, instead of less intensely every day. But yesterday my husband came home from running with his coach (he works at a college and they have lots of things there we don't have near home) and said they did speed work - ran a mile as fast as they could, took a break, ran another, and quit for the day. He did his first mile in 9 minutes - great for him. I thought, hey, cool, I'll try that. (The intense study and logic that goes into my training decisions!) So I did - ran the slight downhill from my house to the clocktower, and the much steeper seeming uphill all the way back and a little more (I'd premeasured in the car.) Did it in 10 1/2 minutes - GREAT for me! But was utterly exhausted after - couldn't even do another full mile. Was this a good idea, considering I have to run five miles in just over a week - should I have been concentrating on distance, hang the speed?


RUTH said...

As someone who doesn't run unless forced too I can't help you here! Could your husband's coach give you some idea of what's best for you? Failing what YOU feel works best for you.

Duane said...

There are some good online plans you could get