So, i was rereading Daniels' chapter one, and in forming a training program for a runner he suggests getting to know the runner's strengths- whether they respond well to hard fast intervals or tempo runs at a steady state but moderate hard/hard pace, or long slow distance, or whatever.
And so I tried to think about what my strengths might be. I considered what training regimens in the past have been useful and helpful, or fun. What I've done in the past that's been most beneficial.
I couldn't really think of anything off the top of my head.
not sure why that is- maybe because I don't have any objective measure to compare it to, or something. But when I look to the races I've enjoyed the most, it's pretty much been a spontaneous signing up and doing for the fun of it type thing, with no real training scheme in mind.
i enjoy running miles, especially on trails. Not an easy place to do speedwork, especially during winter.
i got lots of speed quickly when I was doing speedwork regularly on a track with my group of running friends, but I was also on a knife's edge of injury most of that summer. And my legs were fresh and didn't have the miles they do now.
On the other hand, a few years ago running at 10:30, 9:30, and 8:30 had certain effort levels associate with them. right now, that effort level has shifted one place to the right, and I'm not as strong as I was 18 months ago. Or even eight.
Today's speedwork session had its moments. Five minutes hard, four rest, times five with a two mile warm up. First interval was at a 7:09, the other four were at 7:22. Part of it was the conditions and terrain. Part of it was mental discipline, and a lack of will. I felt like I was running hard, but perhaps I was just fooling myself.
it's not that I didn't enjoy the run. it's just I didn't do particularly well in my own mind. perhaps the 2X 12 minute tempo run scheduled for Thursday will go better. Um... if I have my car. :P