Admit it, you want to get faster.
And that’s ok. Shoot, I want to get faster too.
But whatever your goals are, odds are that increasing your top speed isn’t going to help you achieve them.
You’re Missing the Point
Do you want to set a new PR this year?
Do you want to run a BQ this year?
Do you want to get your 5k time back to where it was before you had kids?
Whatever time goals you have, I’m guessing that the key to success is to cover a certain race distance in a shorter amount of time.
So you need to get faster, right?
Seriously, Stop Trying to Get Faster
You’re fast enough.
As of today, my PR in the marathon is 4:08 and change.
You all know one of my biggest running goals is to qualify and run the Boston Marathon, which at the moment means I need to run sub-3:05.
But I don’t need to get any faster.
What I need to do is improve my endurance.
For me to be able to run sub-3:05, I need to be able to run 7 minute miles for a marathon. Right now, that’s no where near possible.
You know what is possible for me at the moment? Running a 7 minute mile. Shoot, I haven’t done a mile time trial in awhile, but I bet I could come pretty close to running a 6 minute mile right now (Mile PR is 5:54 BTW).
I have the speed to qualify for Boston. What I’m lacking is the endurance to maintain the speed that I already have over the course of a 26.2 mile race.
And I’m guessing that you probably need to work on your endurance as well.
Point of Order
Just to be clear, doing speed work is a good thing.
There are a load of physiological benefits of doing high intensity/speed training, so I’m not at all saying that you shouldn’t include those types of workouts into your training.
You absolutely should. But your focus shouldn’t be to increase your speed. Your focus needs to be on improving your endurance.
And if you do that, a funny thing might happen. You might just get faster at the same time.
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