AM: 3.1 WU 8K tempo 1.9 CD
PM: 5.7 miles easy
Cold. Had to dig out the winter tights. It was alright. I was mentally tired from work as it's been busy lately. luckily I have Greg to tuck behind so I can focus on my relaxation. I find the actual "work" of the workout doesn't start until three miles in. I'm always progressing the pace and that is where focusing on relaxing at speed becomes such a big deal. I feel as though I should be pushing 6 or 7 mile "tempos" at a slightly slower pace some days as I need to work on aerobic running economy. Either that and/or I also should be doing some 200s after the tempo. 1600m splits: 5:31,5:24,5:19,5:15,5:10
I've noticed that I likely have a higher proportion of fast twitch muscle fibers vs. Greg who I feel has great running economy and excellent fatigue resistance. He's also able to race quite well on modest workouts and easy running. I find that I tire more quickly and when my legs are done I fall off a cliff. I do not believe I am starting too fast but it's important to remember that no two runners are the same and each person requires a different mixture of training to reach their potential. The question is whether you should train to your strengths or train to your weeknesses. The answer is "yes." Train at a variety of paces, covering fast neuromuscular hill sprints all the way down to easy jogging. The proportion of each is the true art of training. I feel I need to increase the total amount of quality in all areas--not my overall mileage. I've been pumping out an average of 80+ MPW for several years yet I've not increased my quality. Stagnation and shoddy races seem to be the result.