>General Running>Question about pace?
Now that was a bath...
Roads were made for journeys...
Base miles base miles base miles.
You should not even contemplate speed work until A) You've run steadily for about a year, or B) You are not coming off an injury.
That being said, I said SPEED work. Not fast running. I think that you need to find out what your threshold is (the pace that you feel you can maintain forever), and then run a little slower than that. If it helps, get a HRM, and use a reliable and proven method for determining your training zones (go here: http://www.d3multisport.com/articles/determinezones.html)
If no HRM, you need to really listen to your body. On each and every run, you should finish pleasantly tired, not exhausted, but certainly not fresh. Doing this will build your aerobic base, and that is the key to any distance endurance event.
For a little more insight, check out the thread about us trying to get someone faster:
"You really can't go too slow on long runs ... because there are no drawbacks to running them slowly. Running them too fast, however, can compromise your recovery time and raise your injury risk." ~ Olympian Jeff Galloway
"I've always felt that long, slow distance produces long, slow runners." ~ Olympian Sebastian Coe
Now you'll have to excuse me while I engage in some delightful hypocrisy and go check my own thread to see if I should be running 4 days per week w/2 tempo runs at 5-k pace versus 6-days per week with alternating long runs at MP +1:00 with alternating heelkick drills on opposite weekend and national holidays and when I should start doing intervals/strides and why my lactate just thresholded into my glycogen reserves ... blah blah zzzzzz .... or something like that.
I also felt that I should show a real commitment to running and know that I was in this for the long haul before spending the dollars. Seriously - Forest gump dressed better than me on a run.
Pfffft.....I wear an old pair of cotton Army-issued PT shorts. Most of that stuff is marketing. I will splurge on shoes, though. That's it.
You'd quake in your Asics.
I have that Mommy thing of not wasting money on myself I suppose. I also felt that I should show a real commitment to running and know that I was in this for the long haul before spending the dollars.
Running in BelgiumAnn
Needs more cowbell!
Oh, also, go for the kilt and no shirt look at boston. Look better than the leiderhosen.
Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"
• 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1
• 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)