And I have listened to this advice for the past few years of running. My long runs were always much slower than my goal pace for my marathon. I always begged people to slow down on their long runs so that they can build their endurance. This year I have been focusing more on heart rate training so my runs have been speeding up, but there is a reason for this; I am not speeding through my workout.
So this weekend is my last race of the season. I am running the Runners World Half Marathon and I can't be more excited. I am heading down on Thursday and will be participating in some blogger events throughout the weekend and then ending the weekend with the half on Sunday. An entire weekend of running with other ladies who love running sounds perfect!
I don't have an actual goal for Sunday. My main goal is to have a nice PR and to run as hard as possible. I know what I am capable of, and I have a race plan. I will follow my plan and trust that my time will be one I can be proud of. My PR for the half marathon was this same weekend last year when I crashed and burned at the Baystate Half Marathon.
I ran a 1:41:53 that day. I was incredibly happy with my time but I was unhappy with how I ran. I started out way too fast and I felt it in the last few miles. The fear of crashing is something that I am afraid will hold me back on Sunday. I have done one too many death marches and driving home from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania by myself after a death march does not sound fun.
So getting back to slowing down to get faster. I met with my coach today for a swim lesson and we talked about my schedule until Disney. The Runners World is not only my last race of the season but it also starts my required rest. AHHH!!!
I am not one to take rests. I hired a coach because I needed someone to tell me when to step back and rest. My main goal in 2013 is to do an Ironman. In order to get there I will put my time in on the road and shockingly it begins with time in my bed and doing nothing.
I, of course, questioned my forced rest. (Around 2-3 weeks off, at least 1 week of nothing.) I mentioned I was worried about losing fitness, particularly in the pool. And she told me I will lose fitness. Obviously, this was not something I wanted to hear. But she pointed out that in order to get faster this year, I had to start out by getting slower. My body can't just keep going, going, going. I have already done that and it ended up burned out and injured. She says the rest will make me feel sluggish and craving my runs/rides/swims. I am a stubborn athlete who doesn't like to watch everyone around me doing stuff while I am doing nothing. But, rest is what my mind and body needs. My DailyMile will look pretty boring for the next few weeks, but I promise, the miles will return. Disney is just around the corner! :)