Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I'm in transition

i'm a little stiff from yesterday's misguided track work-out. seems i need glasses. the (8) 100 meter "sprints" in reality should've of been "strides" followed up by 200 t0 400 meter intervals at my 5k race pace (ideally 9 mm)....

oh well, i got a little taste of the track...it's been awhile....despite my moaning and groaning about it...there is something about the track that makes your training more legit. it definitely get's you out of your comfort zone...and misguided as it was yesterday's effort wasn't a total bust...i've got a taste for it now. there is definitely a methodology to it.

i hit the books lastnight (runners world book of running for women) and it was a good touchstone for reality...i tend to be impulsive with my speedwork...too much too infrequently...if i approached runnning that way i'd still be wondering why running never sticks.

making the transition from mindless recreational runner to becoming more concentrated on what i'm doing will take patience and time...i'm not as far along as i "ought" to be but hell, i'm basically a self-taught runner. as with quilting, mostly self taught...no experienced family member to guide me...i'm a trial and error kin've learner and while it may (usually does) take me longer the satisfaction of learning and finishing is just as profound.

my trainig has been far from stellar, i've lacked serious focus and have mostly focused on endurance rather than speed...which is fine as i have no illusions of "racing" in october. i understand the need for track work at race pace as it pertains to shorter races, i'm not so sure how it relates to a trail marathon, the the terrain is so much more erratic.

i'm curious how much time trail runners spend on speedwork.

1 comment:

olga said...

I do track workouts (those months that i actually train as opposed to just running like now) once a week. If you're just starting, doing 200m is a good place to be (run hard straights, walk curves), then move to 400m repeats beginning with 4 and making 8 before you go to next interval of 800m and so on. Rest should be equal to run in TIME (if your repeat takes 4 min, walk 4 min), and as you progress, do rest for 1/2 time.

On another hand, from your post about relationships - are you a counselor? I am having big troubles, along with low self esteem, and it would kill me to even begin...where do I look for help? Relationship means marrital. I want (and need) out and keep going with the flow. Forget drug abuse by my son...