Priority & Specific Training
An easy day, following the advice of Liz after yesterday's long run. Let the training sink in before moving on.
I had a few hours at work this afternoon, so plenty of time to let thoughts drift in and very easily out of the mind.
A week ago, speedygeoff ( I don't know how to link this to a blog site) wrote about his marathon run and how to get it right. Mixing fast track running thru summer with the need to do long slow running for the marathon apparently don't mix. Both tend to suffer with an average result for both.
As well at the moment Liz is considering how to run another marathon and move up in distance to an ultra without having an average result in both. Even a marathon requires a certain amount of speed. But an ultra up to 100 kms requires much slower pace, even specific walking to reach the finish let alone actually race the event. That will kill off any speed in the legs.
So with a half marathon only a couple of weeks away, how do you fit in speed work with long distance training for another event further down the track.
The answer lies somewhere in " what are your priorities" and focus on that. A long term plan for an event far away will need to take a back seat if you wish to run a fast half marathon in two weeks time. The same applies to most events. Specific short distance speed work will be fine if wish to run a fast 10 km race. But longer tempo runs or long intervals may be required for a marathon. Again, there is some work required for longer events again, the need to be able to pick up the pace on the flat or down hill requires some training in fast leg turnover.
My thinking is get the priority right, concentrate on what is immediate, fill in the gaps with the base building and gradually look to the main end result.
Liz has the problem of which event to do first, not easy to work out. And how to move up or down after the first choice event is over. Timing is everything, and so is recovery, and so is the effect of winter. Fast stuff in winter, hard to get warm, cold, wind, rain, motivation etc.
Really running should be so easy and straight forward. Gets a little complicated when mixing up events.