This spring, on the advice of my sister, I read the Daniels’ Running Formula. It was a really good read, and I learned a lot about how to run from reading it. Before this point, all I was doing when I went out was aimlessly killing myself. I would run a couple times a week if that, doing 10 miles on a good week. My average paces were in the low 8s, but I would dread those runs. Leading up to my “May Racing Series” I ran only a few times, and I think the only reason I did so well at the 5k was that my body was used to racing.
The book explained a totally different way to think of running for me, focusing on the different intensity levels, something other than ass kicking. I must admit, the first couple times out at the “proper” “easy” pace were… aggravatingly slow. I tried building a schedule using what was in the Daniel’s book and floundered around a bit.
When Garmin announced their new API platform and the day one partners (Training Peaks and runcoach), I started poking around. I signed up for the trial of runcoach and set up the initial plan. The concepts they use are very similar to what were in the Daniels book, and it had the “direction” that I wanted. It has been awesome this summer. The first “Goal Race” I put in was the Sprint for Soldiers 5k which I won my age group in. That’s a result.
Turns out having a specific schedule each week building throughout the summer really works. Every weekend the past few weekends have been distance PRs for me on my long runs, and my track workouts each week have gotten faster and faster.
We’ll see how it pays off this weekend with my 10k, and the weekend following with my half marathon! Either way, I definitely got results out of it and am going to set up Mrs. Awesome with an account.