Perhaps the Experts Know What They’re Doing

Today was Tempo Run/Drill day. 

YES!  

It’s Tempo Run/Drill day.  My husband did it with me.  Here’s what we did:

WARM UP:

-jog .5 miles very easy then light stretch

-drills (seven different drills like high knees, toe walking, heel walking)

-strides (running 100 meters x 3, getting faster each time)

By this point, I was tired.

uh oh

Uh, oh…

On to the WORK OUT:  -2 sets of running at tempo pace for 4 minutes then jogging/walking for 3 minutes.  Side note:  I calculated my ‘tempo’ pace based on previous runs and it seemed too slow SO picked a ‘fast for me’ pace and went for it!  Was I successful?  I’m not sure because the pace on my watch was slow to calculate.  I was running WAY faster than I would ever run on a ‘real’ run, though.   So, I guess I was successful!  Yay me!

COOL DOWN:  -easy jog .5 miles

While I was certainly tired and felt like I had a good workout afterward, it was easier than the first time we did this routine.  I have been kind of skeptical of my training program because there seems to be SO MUCH non-running activity involved and not enough running compared to my training plan for the other marathon. 

You may be thinking:  “But didn’t you think you RAN ALL OF THE TIME when you were training the last time?”.  You are so right!  I did.  I felt like all I did was eat, sleep and run. 

It just seemed like my current program (at first) was too much random stuff that was gonna cause me to lose all of the built up running ability that I had at the start of the training.

So…  I do believe I may have been wrong. 

I feel stronger and on my ‘long’ runs, I feel just fine.  Well, what do you know?

So, I guess I’ll keep trudging along.  Stick with the plan.  Trust the plan. 

Hmmm.  Maybe this could be my mantra. 

Stick with the plan.  Trust the plan.  Stick with the plan.  Trust the plan.  Stick with the plan.  Trust the plan.  Stick with the plan.  Trust the plan.  Stick with the plan.  Trust the plan.  Stick with the plan.  Trust the plan.  Stick with the plan…

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