We are home from the beach. We had a smooth trip home yesterday and now there’s lots of laundry to do and lots of sleeping to catch up on. The latter really only applies to Hank and Scout, who get absolutely worn out by camping trips and traveling in the truck. 🙂
Before we drove home yesterday, I had a 5 mile tempo run on the schedule. I’ve talked about this before, but the tempo run is one of the Hanson’s “something of substance” workouts. These are workouts that require more effort than easy runs. They include speed workouts, strength workouts, tempo runs, and long runs. For the Hansons, a tempo run is synonymous with a marathon pace run. They’re a bit slower than your traditional tempo run, but they’re longer. The goals of a tempo run with the Hansons are to help you internalize marathon goal pace, learn control, and build endurance.
I don’t think the tempo runs are meant to freak you out, but they are freaking me out every week. They freak me out more than sharks in the water, which happened at least twice while we were on vacation.
I have done three tempo runs, now, and it’s always the same. I worry that I won’t be able to hold marathon pace for five miles, and what that will mean for my marathon goal. But so far I have continued to clock in right on pace, and often under it (which I need to be careful about). Yesterday I averaged 10:12/mile for my tempo run.
You’re probably wondering why I’m freaked out if I continue to meet my pace. It’s because it is never feeling easy or even comfortable. Shouldn’t a pace I intend to hold for 26.2 miles feel relatively easy for 5 miles? My breathing is relatively even, much the way you’d want it during a marathon, during these runs. The problem is my legs. They feel so tired and I really have to push to meet my goal pace.
But maybe that’s what the Hansons want. The foundation of their training program is “cumulative fatigue,” which basically means you’re never meant to feel fresh until you toe the line on marathon morning. It’s the reason I only have one complete rest day per week and am running high mileage.
So maybe, despite my tempo run falling on the day after my rest day, I’m feeling exactly the way I’m supposed to. I guess time will tell, as my tempo run will increase to 8 miles for the next three weeks, and will eventually build to 10 miles.
What freaks you out when training for a goal race? How do you deal with it?
Hansons veterans or those going through the program: How did/do you feel during tempo runs?
Are you scared of sharks? Um, yes.