6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hybrid Miles

Come on Mel! Come on Mel!! Come on Mel!!! I repeated over and over and over in my head, and even aloud. Had there been anyone on the trail I am sure they would have thought I was CRAZY..

NOPE NOT TOO CRAZY!&$%^*#@

Local (to me) Coach and author Jill Bruyere HERE sent me an AMAZING Half PR training plan. I have loosely followed the plan, due to . Yesterday called for RACE PACE miles.

Lets talk about Race Pace shall we... My current Half Marathon PR lies with my 1st Half, I ran a 1:43:39 which is roughly 7:55 pace. WHAT?? I must have been faster in May of 2009, These days sub 8's are tough tough for me.. So yesterday I set out with a plan, to hold my pace around 7:45, my goal for my Half on 10/23.

IT WAS IN NO WAY EASY...and I didn't have my Ipod. I found myself listening to my breathing and cadence of my stride. I don't know this pace, I would be fast, then too slow....holding the pace was strange and very uncomfortable. So how did I do?

1- 7:50
2- 7:44
3-7:54
4-7:49
5-7:39
Overall= 7:47!!

Solid effort, I was dripping in sweat when I was done. It took EXTREME focus to get this speed, if I let my thoughts waiver I would be back to my cozy pace. At the end of the run I felt tense from starting at my Garmin. So why am I telling you this?

Because.... when I got home I laced up and ran 2 miles with Muscle Man and the Little Studs. 2 blissful miles, not worried about speed or form, just running for the pure joy of being out there. These Family Runs make me so happy!! 9:18 pace never felt so good :) A sharp contrast to speed work.

The 2 versions of Tall Mom:
  • 1. Killer Focused Athlete who aims for PR's and will pound the pavement to reach goals.
  • 2. Runner who wants to enjoys the journey, running with family, meeting new people and helping friends reach their goals.

I truly believe there is room for both versions of ME. And this year I have dabbled in both. There was overwhelming JOY at the finish line in Eugene when I qualified for Boston. Helping Jill and T set new PR's was Awesome as well. Sooooo I have a question:

  • What type of Runner are you? Do you train with goals and focus to PR at every race? Or will you relax, and enjoy the miles with friends and family? Or maybe, like me, a hybrid of both? Give examples, I love examples :)

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

31 comments:

Amy said...

Jill has great but tough workout plans! I love training with a goal for most races, but I love love love my weekend runs with the ladies when we chat about life letting the miles pass quickly at whatever pace.

Meredith said...

Definitely a hybrid! Love pushing myself to get faster. Am LOVING speed work (of course, it's still new to me!) But, like yesterday, when it was just supposed to be an easy 3 and it was so dark I couldn't read my watch, I just enjoyed the journey. The silence, except for my footfalls. The stars. The moonlight. The cool crisp fall morning. It was definitely one of my favorite runs!

Veronica said...

Great post!
I love that running is not an "all or nothing sport" where you have to reach some preconceived pace in order to be legitimate.
You are a runner whether you meander the course at an 12:00/mile or whether you speed through at 6:15. A runner is a runner, is a runner indeed.

As for me? At this point in time, I'm just a happy runner. No goal pace, no garmin, and no MP3 player 90% of the time. I run to stay healthy, to relieve stress, and to get out of the house! I push myself in terms of increasing my mileage, not in terms of pace.

Maybe in the future I'll kick it up a notch and cut my pace, but thats just not my desire right now.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

You so have a half PR coming to you. Obviously, I am driven and focused and in search of a PR, BUT next year, I actually have two races scheduled that are strictly for fun (a half and a 50K) - no time goals. Shocking, I know.

Marlene said...

Hybrid Runner... I love it! There is definitely room to be both. Good for you finding your speed!!!

April said...

Normally, I'm a hybrid.
Though lately it seems I am consumed with my goals and PR's...it hasn't been exactly fun. I have 10 weeks until my first full marathon. I have been so rigid about following my training plan that I'm almost starting to resent it!;) I want to perform well in the full...but I also want to enjoy it...any advice would be well received!

Velma said...

I am a little bit of both as well. Sometimes I just love to run with the dog - no watches - no stress.

teacherwoman said...

Wow! you are speedy! Nice job on the run!

Megan said...

When I'm training for specific events, I'm focused on time and pace, but now that I am in the "off season" I'm trying REALLY hard to not look at my Garmin and enjoy the outdoors before the weather turns for the worse.

track coach and adorable wife said...

Great job pushing yourself! I think the competetive beast in me is always pushing for a PR, but since I am new to running I am also trying to enjoy it and my runs, like the Jog For Jouberts race we just did, so I would say I am definitely a HYBRID!

Lisa said...

I'm more of a have fun runner, with occasional attempts at PRs mixed in, but honestly that's few and far between for me.

marathonmaiden said...

very great job. i force myself to be a hybrid because i don't think it's good for my psyche to be the competitive beast 100% of the time. i'm slowly becoming more at ease with the enjoyment runner in me. it's so hard though!

Becka said...

My goodness you are speedy speedy Ms. Mel!

The Garmin is good AND bad... I tend to actually run a bit faster when I am not watching it. The last few races I've really tried to not look at it.

Emily said...

Nice pace run Mel!

There is totally room for both running versions of you. I do this too where I'll pound the track one morning and run an easy 3 with a girlfriend the next. I truly believe it's possible to balance both types of running!

Emz said...

okay-I'm sorry. I just saw you "followed" me and I am star struck. Sorry to be so lame but I am. "tall MOM follows me now". I'm off to make a shirt for my next race.

I think you completely rock.

Pam said...

lol 9:18 IS speed work for me.

I'm still new to running, so I'm PRing with each race just because my overall fitness level is improving.

mindysmarathon said...

I'm a run for fun kinda person. :)

Kate said...

@Pam...me too!

I'm just starting to find a place mentally where I can run for fun...I've been running for 8 months now, counting my C25K time, and it's been work almost every run. The thing that has kept me focused isn't so much the hopes of a PR but the commitment to a race and not wanting to DIE during it!

That said, I think last Sunday's half marathon (and sub-2:00 finish!!!) was something of a turning point. Today when I ran I was just running. No obsessive timing, no how much longer-ing, just running. Of course, it was a short run, too. lol

J said...

I would say a hydrid of both. I love running fast but some days I like to relax and just let my legs decide the pace. I think its good to do both! Keeps running interesting!

Megan said...

I am definitely both, but just discovered the easy going, run for fun side recently. I'm always desperate for the PR, eager to run fast and long. I love training hard. My hubs, however, just started running. We're doing the long distance thing currently and he came to visit me for the weekend. So, we put on running shoes and shorts for a nice, leisurely run and chatted along the way. It was beautiful and a nice respite from the training craziness. Plus, it just made me love him more!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

A hybrid, but partially forced. My "group" runs on Tuesday and Thursday are with groups that push paces faster than my "comfy zone". It helps me out ultimately. I prefer comfortable with friends, but honestly take what I can get depending on who's with me. I do set race goals though, and I am always shocked that my race pace is faster than anything I do in training. I don't even get remotely close to my 5K race pace in training, yet somehow I still find it in me when it's race time.

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Family runs are the best. Yet I would say I am a hybrid too. After my last marathon, I think running with friends or family would be awesome. Yet when I was pushing to get my sub-2 half, I didn't want any distractions. Great job on the 5-mile pace!! You are a rockstar.

Nicole said...

The journey to the finish line is more important to me than how fast I get there. Maybe that's just my laziness? But running is what I do for FUN, for stress relief. Why torture myself? Running at a "cozy pace" is still hard for me!

Scarlett Elliewood said...

This is great post! I think appreciation of the hybrid nature of things is key to being both a runner and a woman in this world.

We are Ben and Rebecca said...

I'm a pretty ambitious new runner of less than 5 months. I've yet to be part of any race until I can get myself faster. Working through a slight fracture on top of my foot now- but I am strengthening hard until I can hit the track and workout for speed. I know, I know, I should be established with a year blah blah blah.

Great job sub 8. You're my hero. Maybe I should be you for Halloween. I already have the height thing Ü

nikeathena said...

I'm a new runner that is excited about the idea of running, but not so in love with the actual doing. Right now I'm goal-oriented, but they're small ones like, "Run a sub-12:30 mile," and "run for 30 minutes straight." ;-)

Julie said...

I would lean more toward 'needing' to train with goals or I think I would slack too much! Getting out of bed at 530 in the morning is a lot easier when I know I have a race ahead. However, after Portland, I need to be done with 'race goals' for awhile. Feeling on the burned out side.

Leah @ Chasing Atalanta said...

I'm definitely a hybrid runner; I think it's important to have target races and non-target, just for fun races. I always have goals but I don't necessarily go after them in every race. Sometimes I look towards a more long term goal. For example, my last 2 half marathons were done at easier paces in preparation for my full on the 17th: one in Sept. as part of a long run with a friend (we had a blast) and one last Sunday at goal marathon pace.

And speaking of goal marathon pace, I completely understand where you're coming from. I've been having the hardest time hitting mine. It's kind of in a no-run zone for me, slower than my shorter race paces, but faster than my everyday training pace. Like you I have a tendency to run a mile too fast and then overcompensate and run the next one too slow, then vice versa. Hopefully on race day I'll just be able to relax and settle into it.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I definitely think I'm both types of runner. I strive to do my best and compete and do well in races. But, I love running with my husband and boys in the stroller. I love just going for runs around the park not worrying about time or pace. I just love to run!

run with Jill said...

Thanks Mel! Great Workout. I"m so excited for the Chicago Marathon this weekend.

I'd love to come South and meet you soon. Best,
jill

Amy said...

I am both, it just depends on the day, my mood, and how early it is in the morning! I am particularly motivated when I am getting close to a race, or when a race is just over to be able to go faster and do it better. If I'm not working towards anything, I don't do as well at keeping myself motivated. I get out there and run, but not with any sort of numbers in mind. I'd probably be a better runner if I could focus more.