A lot of runners I know tend to run all their easy runs a bit too fast, but I find that when confronting them about it, I usually, or basically get the feeling that, if they could, they would tell me to mind my own damn business.
They or the professionals say that one should run their easy every day runs anywhere from 90 seconds to a full 2 minutes slower than their last 5k race pace or thereabouts. If this is the case, than why do a lot of runners out there not adhere to it? I get a lot of, “Well, I feel GREAT” (reminds me of Tony the Tiger when I hear this), or “I’m just listening to my body” responses, but yet when you look at their stats for their last or last couple of races, sometimes they are not much more than a minute slower than their race paces. I don’t know why it irks me so much, but it does. I mean, it is not like their runs are affecting me on any level what so ever, they certainly don’t ask for my opinion or am I their coach, but it still bothers me. This leads me to, well, obviously they are not racing hard enough OR, it leads me right back to..their running their easy paces TO DAMN FAST!!
Again, WHY does this annoy me? This clearly is MY issue to work through.
I know that sometimes I tend to do the same exact thing, and yes, some days I feel too damn good to slow down. I mean, why should I? My legs feel good (check), I feel good aerobically (check), It’s a gorgeous day (check), and lastly, all the stars are aligned for this to be one of those days that everything clicks and my run feels almost effortless EVEN if it is about a minute faster per mile than I should be going. The thing is, I don’t do this very often, maybe once or twice max a week. The rest of my runs (aside from my speedwork) are pretty easy. Sometimes, I must admit, that I get nervous because of how easy they feel. It often leads me to thinking “Hmmm, maybe I should be going a little faster”. I often find myself in a training dilemma that usually deals with this very thing. An inner conflict if you will. I have a coach that tells me that I need to slow my runs down one must slow down to eventually go faster. My goal IS to go/be faster after all, so..perhaps I should listen. THEN, I think, well if I go a little faster now, then won’t that help/aid my body in going even faster down the road? NO. OR, maybe yes, but then you may possibly deal with an injury at some point. See, I firmly believe that if one does not do what they should be doing in training and does too much too soon, too fast too soon, too many miles too soon, that eventually all that is going to catch up with you. Maybe not NOW, and maybe NOT tomorrow, but at some point it will..and it will set you back. Too many damn stubborn people out there, who think they know every damn thing.
Again, why does this bother me so?
The truth is the only person that I need to be accountable for is myself. The only running I should care about is my own. The only race times I need to care about are..you got it..MINE. I also shouldn’t be telling anyone else how they should be doing their runs, or how they should be training..but I sometimes think, if I don’t say anything and they get hurt..then it’s somehow on some level partially my fault; I sat and watched a possible train wreck happen.
*sigh* again, why does this bother me so?
I will let you know when I figure that one out.