>General Running>Running too slow?
I just got back into running a couple months ago, and to liven things up have been running with partners for 2-3 of my 5 runs per week. However, the two girls I run with run a good bit slower than I usually run. My typical runs are 7.5-8.5 min/mile, but I run 9-10.5 min/mile with them (right now, for ~14 of my 40 mpw).
I've figured that this is a good way to get some miles in with a low chance of getting injured, but want to make sure that it won't hurt my training goals (sub-3:00 marathon in October). Do you see any issues with my approach?
As long as this does not compromise your core workouts or form the bulk of your easy miles -- which it does not appear to, at 14-of-40 -- I don't see any issues with it.
I used to do 4-8 mpw of 80-100 mpw at 10-12 min/mi pace with my wife, my pace is sub-7. I never felt I was giving up anything...I'd typically add a few miles at my own pace on at the end too.
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I do a lot of my off days at significantly slower pace. I usually do a few strides in between or at the end which helps with leg turnover.
I've been focusing hard on my intervals/tempo runs/hill work, pushing those extremely hard. Then on my other runs I typically don't even bother timing myself -- easy means easy.
Net result: My interval splits are getting faster, my 5k/10K trials are MUCH faster, and I don't feel as burned out as I did last summer. So i think you might actually benefit from spending some time running with others at a considerably slower pace.
Add some speed drils to your easy runs.
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