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How does slowing down my fast runs speed up my race times? (Read 515 times)

jicama


Did we win?

    One of the things I read in this thread is that I need to run a lot of easy miles during training and run myself silly in races.

    2014 races"

    Heart & Sole Half-Marathon,  Goldsboro, NC, Feb.8, 2:22

    Umstead Trail Marathon, Raleigh, NC, Mar. 1, 5:48

    Johnston Health Champions 5K, Smithfield, NC, 26:53

    Rattler Trail Half-Marathon, Sanford, NC, 2:52 (wow)

     

    2013 races:

    Heart & Sole Half-Marathon,  Goldsboro, NC, Feb. 2, 1:56:40 (PR)

    New River Marathon, Todd, NC, May 4, 4:59:32 (PR)

    Triple Lakes Trail Race (40 mile), Greensboro, NC, Oct. 5, DNF after 31 miles in 7:48

    ilanarama


    Hi, Mom!

      One of the things I read in this thread is that I need to run a lot of easy miles during training and run myself silly in races.

       

      This is generally considered better than the other way around, yes. Wink

      PRs: 10 1:12:59 (4/2014) 13.1 1:35:55 (10/2013) 26.2 3:23:31 (12/2013)

      Next up: Durango Double 10/11-10/12, Deadhorse 50K (*gulp*) 10/18

      bloggy stuff at http://ilanarama.dreamwidth.org

      jicama


      Did we win?

        This is generally considered better than the other way around, yes. Wink

         

        I never ran myself silly before my half-marathon earlier this month.  It wasn't very silly, but breathing took a conscious effort.  I knew that it would be easier if I'd just slow down, but I couldn't bring myself to do it...  I didn't like the way my body felt when I was done, but it felt good to beat my goal.

         

        I'm gonna run myself stupid in my next 5K at the end of March!  I'll run a lot of easy miles, with a fair smattering of hard ones, before then.

         

        I love this forum. Smile

        2014 races"

        Heart & Sole Half-Marathon,  Goldsboro, NC, Feb.8, 2:22

        Umstead Trail Marathon, Raleigh, NC, Mar. 1, 5:48

        Johnston Health Champions 5K, Smithfield, NC, 26:53

        Rattler Trail Half-Marathon, Sanford, NC, 2:52 (wow)

         

        2013 races:

        Heart & Sole Half-Marathon,  Goldsboro, NC, Feb. 2, 1:56:40 (PR)

        New River Marathon, Todd, NC, May 4, 4:59:32 (PR)

        Triple Lakes Trail Race (40 mile), Greensboro, NC, Oct. 5, DNF after 31 miles in 7:48


        A Saucy Wench

          I am a huge fan of running yourself silly at a 5K now and then.  June 2005.  I had never ever broken a 10 minute mile. Not even for 1 mile.  Ever.  Wasnt even able to break 2:30 on track intervals for the 400.  Would have swore up and down that it wasnt possible for me.  My 5K pr was something like 34 minutes.  My HM PR was 2:20

          I was visiting a friend in Cincinnati and she was what I considered "crazy fast" at the time.  We signed up for a tiny little 5K and in a fit of insanity I decided to try and keep up with her for as long as I could even if it meant blowing up.   Which was just shy of a mile.  They had people calling out splits. She went through in 8:29, I went through in  8:35 (holy crap!).  Of course by then I was dying.  2nd mile was ~9:30 and the 3rd mile was ~ 10:30.  Horrible horrible splits. Broke 30 minutes though.  9:33 average.  Mind altering.

           

          A month later I ran a 9:31 pace for a 10K.  Because I knew I could run 9:30's now.  And 2 months after that I ran a 9:45 pace for a HM.

           

          Which was not to the point of this thread.

          I have become Death, the destroyer of electronic gadgets

           

          "When I got too tired to run anymore I just pretended I wasnt tired and kept running anyway" - dd, age 7


          And in the end...

            I am a huge fan of running yourself silly at a 5K now and then.  June 2005.  I had never ever broken a 10 minute mile. Not even for 1 mile.  Ever.  Wasnt even able to break 2:30 on track intervals for the 400.  Would have swore up and down that it wasnt possible for me.  My 5K pr was something like 34 minutes.  My HM PR was 2:20

            I was visiting a friend in Cincinnati and she was what I considered "crazy fast" at the time.  We signed up for a tiny little 5K and in a fit of insanity I decided to try and keep up with her for as long as I could even if it meant blowing up.   Which was just shy of a mile.  They had people calling out splits. She went through in 8:29, I went through in  8:35 (holy crap!).  Of course by then I was dying.  2nd mile was ~9:30 and the 3rd mile was ~ 10:30.  Horrible horrible splits. Broke 30 minutes though.  9:33 average.  Mind altering.

             

            A month later I ran a 9:31 pace for a 10K.  Because I knew I could run 9:30's now.  And 2 months after that I ran a 9:45 pace for a HM.

             

            Which was not to the point of this thread.

            I love this.

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            The GITM is moot.

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