I came across this article the other day, and I can REALLY relate to it.
Prior to January, I was running hard almost every other day. The thought of running slow in training was crazy! I thought, how will running slow really benefit me? The goal is to get faster.. right????
I started training with a new coach in January, Debi Bernardes and was very open to new approach to my training. Something had to change because I was starting to feel burnt out. I started training by using a heart rate monitor, and I absolutely love it! It allows me to run slow to recover, build up my endurance, and throw in intervals at a higher heart rate. Had I not switched over to this type of training, I would have definitely been injured by now!
Using this way to train has really benefited me, and has also brought back the joy of running! Prior to using my heart rate, I was overly concerned with my pace on every run and would get disappointed in myself if I had a bad day.
Not only has it made me a happier runner and athlete, but my times have also improved!
Cherry Blossom 10 Miler April 2012: 1:17:30 (7:45/mile)
Cherry Blossom 10 Miler April 2013: 1:10:40 (7:04/mile)
Pikes Peak 10k 2012: 46:50 (7:32/mile)
Pike Peak 10k 2013: 41:06 (6:36/mile)
I can’t wait to see more improvements and set some new PR’s! 🙂