Ok, who remembers MacGyver? The secret agent who can solve any problem with duct tape and a paperclip? Give him a seemingly impossible task and in almost no time he has completed it. Sometimes I wish MacGyver were here to help me figure out a running schedule (well, to do a lot of things, actually. Like to figure out how to be at basketball practice, a soccer meeting and getting homework done all at the same time).
Without a plan, I am likely to run at the same comfortable pace for the same distance over and over again. But the truth is that varying your running pace (which often means varying your distance as well) will improve your performance. It’s great to build a base of mileage at a moderate comfortable pace. But adding in tempo runs (a bit faster than your average run at a similar distance) and speed work (short distances at higher effort levels) will make you a faster, stronger runner. And don’t forget about those slower runs. Active recovery days help prevent injury.
Have you seen a Paceband before? This is a great idea for longer races when it gets harder to make sure you are on target for your time.
Lately my goal has been to build up distance without re-injuring my leg. Right now, that means avoiding hills and running on soft ground whenever possible. The weather has not been cooperating though! The trail seems to always be covered in ice or full of mud. It’s funny how you don’t notice hills when you are in the car. I was pretty sure Monday’s run was going to be flat. Not so much…
So for my next run I figured I would change up the pace a bit. Why not? It was going to be a short run anyway. But running in the winter can be tough! I wasn’t expecting the solid sheet of ice to be covering my path! I hope it thaws out a bit soon.
Happy Birthday Eileen! I love it when we have a really good reason to go out for a long, chatty lunch. These girls are the best.
Philly Monday has turned into Philly Wednesday for us. Adventures with the boys are fun no matter what the reason.
Ok, come on! How am I really supposed to keep up with this? I liked it before the update that told me how many emails I need to read. Ignorance is bliss…
Without giving, there is no receiving
Without letting go, there is no letting in
Without an exhale, there is no inhale
So, I am wondering, how many email accounts do you have? Do you think 6 is too many?