I’m running faster. I know I am. My race times may not show it – but I feel myself getting faster. I’m currently one of those people that run essentially the same pace per mile regardless of it being a 5k, 10k or half marathon.
I’m working on changing that.
Now that my half marathon is behind me – I plan on taking time this month to enjoy running again. To run because I want to - not because my schedule dictates that I run a certain number of miles on a specific day. Truth be told – I still have a schedule. It’s just a much gentler, nicer one. My long run is going to top out at 6 miles this month. My training runs during the week – between 3 and 4.
I like the idea. Going out and running for a half hour – forty five minutes because I want to is something I can get behind.
Back to my speed. My training runs these past two weeks have definitely been faster. I’m pushing myself. I feel it every night when I am trying to sleep and my legs are aching. I know I’ve forced them to give me more than they are used to.
I have one race on the calendar for the month – and that’s a 10k. I’ve only run one other 10k and that was back in October. It’ll be interesting to see if my pace improves this time around. I plan on it – I just don’t want to overshoot my goal.
That’s always my dilemma – do I aim high and then possibly feel disappointed in my results or do I go conservative and then feel “extra motivated” when I surpass my expectations?
How do you determine what your goal is for a race?