I swear. The internet is the BEST and the WORST motivator.
After I finished my 10 mile run, at a 12:30 pace, I came home excited to learn how I could continue to improve my pace. While I iced my achilles (trying to avoid the dreaded tendonitis that I developed last year at this time), I google searched "how to run faster".
While I found a lot of helpful and supportive advice. I first had to wade through this ridiculousness:
What's the best way for really slow runners (12 minute/mile pace) to get faster?
"Just tell them to stop eating so damn much. Seriously."
"I'm no elitist or anything, but 12 min/mile is pitiful for an experienced runner (unless we're talking about senior citizens here)."
"You cannot give them pride in themselves if they do not want it"
Yuck! Who are these people to say such things? While I often rely on the internet for support and advice in my running endeavours, I think that it's better to shut it down occassionally. I'm really my own best critic, and have to work hard to drown out the negative voices in my head.
That being said, I do have speed goals. Here they are, in no particular order.
- Continue to do speedwork on Thursdays and long runs on Saturdays (even after the Hippie Chick half)
- Run two shorter races this summer, and run for speed. I'm pretty sure that I can run a 5K at 10:30 min/mile
- Cross train with strength moves twice a week
- Weight loss - I would feel a lot better if I lost the extra chub. I'm at the high end of normal on the BMI, but I know that I would move better with a 14 pound weight loss. I lost 10 pounds with Diet Bet, and I've been maintaining that for a month. Time to get back at it.
- Resist the urge to slog through a marathon until my speed improves. Maybe another half-marathon in the fall.
Has anyone used the training plan from Run Less, Run Faster? Any advice from readers is appreciated.