A few days ago I resolved to put a little more effort into my training. Rather than simply running obscenely large mileage lazily and expecting results (which wasn’t working), I would try harder, put more “oomph” into quality runs!
This evening then I set out on a run along the Tyne which I have done a few times before. This time, I would keep an eye on my pace and try to run it s little bit faster. A little while ago I had asked the chairman of our runing club, “Rocket” Ron Needham how I could improve my times. He replied that I should run faster. This wasn’t an attempt at being flippant but saying that I need to do more faster running in my training so my legs get used to moving faster!
Keeping things up for over 9 miles this evening was hard and was a push, but I was rewarded with the fastest time I have done that route and got the converted message on Strava “Trending faster”. This was better than when I did it last December when I considered myself quite fit and also a better pace than the 10K race I did on Saturday.
So two things learned today, firstly I can push up the pace a little and secondly, despite what I might be thinking, all this training has made a difference to my fitness and I ought to have a little more faith. More tempo runs and other forms of speed training is the way to go.
“He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.” Matthew 8:26 NIVUK