I was going to title this blog post “2 Mile Repeats Suck A$$”. Because after we ran 3 x 2 miles (at all out; goal MP for 1/2 mile then progressively faster; and at goal MP for 1 mile then fast) this morning, that was my reaction. They were HARD. I didn’t feel good about my times (though the effort felt right on). And I didn’t feel good about where I was in relation to the others in my group at the “finish line” (even though I KNOW I’m not supposed to compare myself to the others, it’s hard). So I was all set to do a post on how much 2 mile repeats suck, how hard they were, how I suck, etc.
But then I did a few things that made me realize that I don’t suck. What did I do? I went back and looked at my running log from when we did an all out two mile in mid-June. And I realized that although my time was a little slower today (but our 2 miles today measured longer than our time trial in June – must have had a slightly different start/finish line), my heart rate today was MUCH better than in June. So I was basically doing the same effort today (all out), but my average heart rate and maximum heart rate were 7 and 9 beats per minute lower. That’s huge! And that is consistent with what I’ve noticed about my heart rate on virtually all my runs the last month or so – recovery runs, tempos, intervals, marathon pace, long runs – for all my runs my heart rate is improving (i.e. getting lower while my paces are getting faster). The other thing that I thought about today was that my mileage has been high and the quality of my workouts have been intense. I’m in the middle of peak mileage/training – so of course my times now aren’t going to be PR’s and improvements all the time. And coach has me doing different things than the others – so I need to stop comparing myself to them for every workout. Example: they all had 45 minute recovery run yesterday. I had 10 mile run with 7 miles at goal marathon pace. So it’s to be expected that I’m not gonna be able to keep up with people I normally can keep up with, right? What is important and what I need to remember to focus on are the objective things like heart rate AND how I feel. And I feel strong and fast and fit.
So, lesson learned. I don’t suck.
Although I still say that 2 mile repeats do suck.