It was a simply stunning day in NYC and I headed out early for a little speed work.
Here is what I did
I have found that the secret to running a goal paced training run is to visualize the race.
I imagine myself in the best shape of my life running my perfect race,
I feel the strike of the road under me
I feel the even but consistent rate of my breath
I see my family proud of me on the sidelines
I see the finish line.
I feel the satisfaction that comes with pushing myself and accomplishing what I set out to achieve.
Its amazing how much of a rhythm I can find while imagining success.
Thats not to say that this workout didn’t kick my butt! It totally put my marathon goal into perspective.
I accomplished what I set out to do!
(run each set at an average pace of 8min/mile or less)
3 miles – 7:58 average pace
2 miles – 7:56 average pace
1 mile – 7:55 average pace
Total – 8 Miles w/ warm up, cool down and jog rest 8:06 pace
Whoa I was beat when I finished. I could hardly imagine running another 18.2 miles at that pace. Granted I ran it a little fast and the terrain was rolling hills which is harder than the flat Chicago Marathon.
But those visualizations will be real, I know that I have work to do but this workout, albeit hard was exactly the confidence boost + kick in the pants I needed!
Do you visualize while you run? What drives you through a tough workout?