Monday, May 12, 2008

2 Mile Test

Well, I got to thinkin'... I should really go out sometime and try to run for speed, instead of endurance. I've never really done that before.

Mile 1: 8:11
Mile 2: (nice and easy with 2, 30 second walk breaks) 9:27

I wonder, if I tried again, could I run any faster?

But the deal is, I only ran two miles. I'm not training for a 5-k here, so there is an art to conserving energy. My friend qualified for Boston, however, with only 8 minutes left between Mile 25 and Mile 26.2 (in order to be a qualifier). Because she had done speedwork, she knew she could sprint and attain her goal of finishing in order to qualify. So...I guess that these exercises are important.

At this point, I don't have aspirations for Boston. I simply enjoy the challenge of running and running...and running..........................and............running.

3 comments:

bluesugarpoet said...

Hey - great job! I need to buy myself a watch so that I can time myself for real! Did you run the track to time yourself?

I found this article that explains how to increasing speed using fartlek running.

Dalene said...

I've tried fartlek's. No, I just ran my "normal" 1 mile track around my neighborhood. Go to mapmyrun.com. I suppose if I ran on an entirely flat surface, I could decrease this time. I say let's have a contest.... I'm sure you'll win so that could keep your competitive spirit satiated. Apparently, part of "real" training includes one "speedwork" workout per week.

Marci said...

ok,so what is your pace on a longer run? I am running now and really want to be able to run with you in September so I need some goals! Are you running continuously on your long runs or doing a run/walk- - -which is what I like??