Firstly, I’m a runner. I’ve been running for pleasure for years. After a soccer injury during a pickup game about 3 years ago, I decided it was too much of a risk to my business to play something as rough as soccer.
Before last week, I was running around around 20 to 30 miles a week.
A couple weeks ago, I talked to a friend of mine who started running. He wants to eventually run a marathon. From what I could decipher, it sounds like he wanted to lose some weight, do some good for himself and set a goal.
I asked him to share the training regimen with me. He shared two links.
From what I pulled from reading both, I was doing my routine wrong. I rarely running slowly for LONG periods of time. I was doing some fast/slow runs, but by the time my long runs came on Sundays, I was always beat to hell and recovery times were horrendous.
Last week I ran three slow six mile jogs and then on Saturday, I ran a half marathon at what I consider my current race speed. I know I can go faster, but I’m too far out of speed running shape. I was able to pull off the half at an 8 minute mile pace to complete it at around 1:45.
I crushed it, too. I hardly slowed down at all. If it weren’t for the wind conditions of 15 to 20 miles an hour, I probably would have done better. I hardly feel sore either. So I think there is something to the short, slow runs.
Last year in the spring, I was running 10 miles at 7:15 per mile paces. But somewhere last year, I screwed up and lost my rhythm.
I’m hoping to get back on that train and speed up, but in the meantime, I’m going to do slow runs during the week, while reading books on tape, and then hit my music on the long runs.
Last week, I ran a total of 41 miles.
I’m patting myself on the back for that. And for crushing a half marathon.
The problem now is that I don’t really understand diet for distance running. I had a smoothie when I finished my long run on Saturday. Two hours later, I was napping and feeling like shit. So my next step is to figure out a proper eating schedule that runs hand in hand with my exercise!