So my biggest problem is curbing my enthusiasm in anything that I do. Why would that be a problem? Well if you’re trying to increase stamina and distance on your runs you need to pace yourself better. In other words I can’t run a 9 minute mile in the first mile of a four mile run. My average pace for 4 miles is 10:13/mile. So when I break out at a sub 9:00 I’m really hurting my chances of making it 4 miles without stopping. Stopping really kills my motivation and sense of accomplishment. I’m going for a straight distance run…not an interval run.
Take today’s run for example. I started a little too fast the beginning and even though I made myself go much slower on the second half of the first mile the damage was already done.
I did okay for mile two and three but mile four I really started to drag. I need to keep my pace no faster than 10:00/mile for the first three miles. On mile four and five I can increase my pace if I’m able to.
- Warm-Up (1200)
- 200 Free
- 200 Back
- 300 Kick (alternate 50s with free and breast)
- 500 Pull (with paddles and buoy)
- Sets (1375)
- 10 x 50 Free on 1:00
- 5 x 100 IM Drill on 2:00
- 5 x 75 IM Swim w/15 second rest
- Warm Down (200)
- 100 Free
- 100 Back