Improving Run Times
Watching Other Successful Runners
I remember my first days and weeks of training. Almost ten years ago now – amazing how time flies. I have so many memories about those days. I recall as we did our initial and subsequent physical fitness tests how impressed I was with my colleagues who had great 1.5 mile run times. Some were running that distance in nine, eight, and even in the seven-minute range if I recall correctly. Now, I’ve never run track, so I don’t know if those times would be considered average, or good, but I do know I was impressed. I was impressed because I was running that distance in (I’m actually ashamed to say it now…) 14 minutes. Full disclosure – I run the 1.5 mile in about 11.30 or 12.00 minutes now (still really not good). I smoked cigarettes in my high school days, and I always wondered if that permanently affected my lung capacity.
A New Approach
Over the years, I’ve maintained a decent level of fitness, but I’ve never seen marked improvements in running. Recently, a friend told me the trick to improving run times is to get a decent amount of miles in per week – so this week’s goal is twelve miles. I will break that down into four, three-mile runs. I’ll be running at the Borrowdale Race Course.
I have heard that one of the keys to achieving goals is to have public accountability – so here goes.
|3 mile run|
|Date||1.5 mile||1.5 mile||Average||3 mile||comments|
|6/7/18||13:21.2||13:19.3||13:20.3||26:40.6||felt a strong pace|
|6/8/18||13:03.3||13:22.9||13:13.1||26:26.9||horses got in the way, stopped clock for 15-20 seconds|
|6/15/18||13:23.9||13:51.3||13:37.6||27:15.3||Very little sleep night before – valid excuse?|
|6/19/18||13:29.1||13:34.9||13:32.0||27:03.9||Why am I slower? Good sleep last night, but little water.|
|6/22/18||–||–||–||–||Long, slow run – approximately 6 miles.|