Last night I ran 3 easy miles and today I have a 5-mile progression run on the calendar. The first 3 miles will be at an easy pace, the fourth mile at a moderate pace and the final mile at my 5K goal pace.
(I still need to find a 5K to sign up for ASAP before the season ends!!)
Some of you will probably have noticed over the last month and a half that I’ve talked about speedwork a lot more than I used to. While I’m not embarrassed to be a back-of-the-packer when it comes to the half marathon distance, I do want to strive for improvement. To help me achieve my goals I’ve recently begun working with a new running coach!
I had worked with my previous coach since last June. I selected her because she was an accomplished ultrarunner and becoming an ultrarunner is my long-term goal.
Working with her was amazing because she really understood my needs as a beginning runner. She helped me work on form, mental strength and most importantly she helped me prepare for my first half marathon (and second) without any injuries.
However, I think it’s possible that she never stopped thinking about me as a new runner. Beginning in December I asked to start incorporating speedwork into my schedule, but my training plan continued to look relatively the same week after week (with no speedwork incorporated).
I did a little speedwork here and there on my own, but I didn’t want to do too much too fast and get injured; I prefer to have a coach providing guidance (especially when I’m already paying for one).
This all lead me to reaching out to a new coach who was well recommended by a friend. While my new coach and I haven’t been working together very long, I am super excited about the future!
I love that, based on my goals, my training schedule now includes a target pace to aim for on certain speedwork days. That’s so helpful to me as someone new to speedwork. Before, I felt like I was feeling around in the dark wondering if I was doing too much or not enough and now I know exactly what to aim for.
I feel like I should wait a little while before saying who she is, but some of you may already know her. Here’s a hint: she’s writes a blog and is gonna kick butt at Boston this year!
More on that soon…
Have you ever worked with a running coach?
Are you always looking to improve your pace, or are you happy with where you are at and focusing on other things?