April 10th 2017
Today I ran a ‘more-comfortable-than-usual’ 10k. I dunno why, but it was just easier today. It wasn’t fast, it was a bit hot, and it was more of a gentle run than any kind of proper training run, but it was relatively comfortable.
Apart from the first and last kilometre, my pace was reasonably consistent. That’s one thing I usually struggle with – pacing. Especially in a race-type situation. I struggle to figure out the difference between what is a comfortable pace in the moment, versus what is a comfortable pace for the entire run. As in, I can run a 4 minute kilometre relatively easily, but I can’t run 5 consecutive 4 minute kilometres. So instead I aim for 5 times 4:30 min/km, but even then I end up with 4:37, 4:36, 4:29, 4:49, 4:16.
I can never stick to one pace.
I was told last Thursday that I’m built more like a sprinter than a distance runner. Which is kind of annoying, because sprinting isn’t too practical. You can’t just go out at lunchtime and do some sprinting in the same way as I go out at lunchtime and do a 10k.
I’m currently stuck between two goals with my running. I want to run a 5km in under 21 minutes, and I want to run a half marathon in under 105 minutes. Those both require very different methods of targeted training, and I’m not really sure what to do. The easy thing to do would be to go all in on the 5k’s because then I wouldn’t have to do a long run at the weekends, but I also quite like the sound of a 1hr45 half-marathon. But that’s an average of 5 minutes per kilometre. And I only just about managed today’s 10k (half the distance) at 5:35 min/km.
I train a fair bit, but maybe I don’t train enough. Maybe I do the wrong type of training.
Either way, I know I should be faster.
Until tomorrow, but I’m not.