State of Running – March Edition (The Need for Quality)

Quality Workouts

Hi All!

Well it’s that time of the month again – an update on all things running in my world.

Yes there have been a slew of post recently about all the tasty food and eats I have been indulging in but at the end of the day, I love to run.

And as mentioned in my February State of Running Post – I have goals and in order to accomplish them I have to #keepmovingforward and that takes work.

Not just running miles upon “easy” miles but doing Quality workouts – you know the ones that you might dread doing because you have to hit a certain pace, possibly run a specific distance at that specific pace, and/or run up and down hills multiple times.

There are fancy names for components of these workouts- Threshold, Tempo, Marathon Pace, Repeats and Farleks to names a few.  But – at the end of the day day any runner will tell you that these workouts – for better or for worse – are the meat of any training plan. It are these quality workouts that will condition you for whatever goal/race you are working towards.

I have been getting back into the swing of things these past couple of weeks, getting my endurance back by increasing my “time on feet” but my plan has also started to incorporate back those quality runs once per week.  At first they were shorter speed sessions  (60 seconds or so) to get me out of my easy run comfort zone and get those fast twitch muscles working again.

It’s been great because I have been able to do these on a stretch of road close to my house, and since my workouts are 99% before work, it made it easier than driving to the track.  However, I knew that I would have to make my way back to the track eventually – especially as my quality workouts get longer but its been a nice re-introduction

This weekend, though I had a solid quality workout planned.  My first mile repeats of this training cycle.  Doubting myself a bit, I was unsure I would be able to keep the pace on the road, so I headed to the track – my first “date” of 2016.

Track stuff
Necessary minimal “Equipment”

Round and Round

The weather was glorious – clear and bright with temps in the 40’s – perfect running weather in my opinion.

After a 2 mile warm up.  I took a deep breath and was off.

I won’t bore you with the specifics (I will save those for my race recaps  😆 ) but at the end I was hot, sweaty and pleasantly surprised at what I was able to accomplish.

I was able to keep or exceed my required pace (I know not ideal) and felt super comfortable going “around the hamster wheel”.

At the end of the day – it was my own trepidation that was my only stumbling block.  As the running czar constantly tells me – “this is what training is for, you won’t always succeed but you have to take it as a learning experience.” Wise words from the running czar.

I know that as training ramps up and intensifies I might not be able to hit my paces all the time but I have to keep reminding myself that as long as I try my best and leave it all out there on the track – I will become a better runner.  I just have to have patience.

Track Selfie
Post Work-Out Selfie

 

 

6 Comments


  1. That’s so great! Good for you getting back out there. I’ve recently started running myself and it’s such a great feeling afterwards but sometimes during the actual ran it’s a struggle to keep yourself going. Loved reading this! How often do you recommend running?

    -Lauren
    http://www.rosesandrainboots.com

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    1. I tell people that I don’t always LOVE running but regardless of my injuries I keep coming back to it. I can’t quite quit it!

      I would suggest starting out by running a couple days a week by time and not distance. As you get more comfortable increase the time to increase your indurance.

      If you are interested in a more formalized program – Google Couch to 5k is a great resource.

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  2. Glad you are back out there! The CT weather has been cooperating nicely the last few days!

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