Waiting for a miracle to happen

You would think with someone with a little experience would know how to run. But if you ask some of the best runners/triathlete out there, they would say that they are learning something new everyday.

Today’s “Lunch with Eric” was one of those learning experience.  Maybe not so much during the main workout, but on the way back to the car.

I met up with Eric and Lawyer.  We headed to the park to meet up with the group.  It is always a surprise to see how many will show up.  It was a great turn out.  We had a wide range of runners.  The workout consisted of 5 x 2:00 intervals at 5k pace, with 90 second recoveries in between.

You can view my Garmin Connect activity here.

Lawyer looked like he was jogging the whole time, but don’t let that fool ya.  This was a tough workout, and some of the best runners always make it look easy.

My pace stayed somewhere under a 6:00 pace, and my heart rate topped out at 188.  Each of the intervals I had around a 30 bpm drop for the 90 second recovery.  This was more than enough, and I suspect at future Lunch outings that the recovery time will drop for the intervals.

On the way back to the car after the workout, I started talking with the guys about pacing for a race.  Do you go into a race and try to keep a consistant pace for each split?  Do you go and try to do negative splits for each mile? Or if you are competing do you just run your heart out?

Eric brought up the point that most people just go out and run.  They run, they get tired, they slow down.  And that is how they race too.  You need to go into a race with a plan.  Know what you can do.  Don’t plan on going out at a 6:00 pace if you can only hold that for the first mile.  Hold back and play it conservative and progressively get faster. Sounds logical right?

If you want to break 19:00 for a 5k, you have to chart it out for each mile, and don’t expect a miracle to happen that last tenth of a mile.