Today was my third go-around at mile repeats since being introduced to them by my running terrorist coach, Vanessa. I have noticed a real difference from just the two that I ran when I go out for my long runs. Maybe it's psychological—or psychosomatic (like how I am convinced that wearing my white Ironman visor somehow makes me a stronger runner—it does though.) Whatever the case, I am certainly convinced that everyone who is training to run should incorporate some type of speed work into their routine.
I have noticed that I feel a lot stronger in my long runs (10+) Adam and I ran 14 this weekend and our last two splits were 7:30 and 7:15, and I felt like maybe I had a little more in the tank when we were done. That is exactly the way you are suppose to feel when you are done—like you could have gone a bit longer.
Vanessa studying for her graduate Medieval comprehensive exams before our six mile shakeout run with Adam. Notice the 2010 Boston Marathon jacket Vanessa is sporting. Showoff.
It is promising that I am feeling stronger and able to get in some serious training right around the time that I need to. Although, I have to tell you, as a father of five I sometimes have to bag my training, or cut it short in order to be a father of five—and THAT IS OKAY! My blogger friend Bob at ONEHOURIRONMAN has a really refreshing attitude concerning Ironman training and staying married. He recently finished a book about how to train for Ironman with minimal hours. His mantra: You will not podium, but you'll finish. Honestly, I think I am somewhere in between the two. I know that I have six hour rides to do, but there is no way that I can really commit that much time without upsetting my kids who want to spend time doing things with their daddy on the weekends. Can't I get out early and be home by mid-afternoon? Sure, but with five kids, each one of them needs their time with me. We often do activities all together, but a lot of times I just do things with the girls, or one of my children at a time.
This is a look at what my last two speed workouts consisted of: Workout #1: