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Is your training pace to fast?

October 20, 2012

This morning I enjoyed a training with my club, the Bergse Runners, in Nederhorst den Berg. It was a simple training and still it made me ask a question: in my quest to run faster am I training at too fast a pace?


We ran for about 1,5 k and then warmed up.


Nederlands: Nederhorst den berg

Nederlands: Nederhorst den berg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The training was simple: 5 x 4 minutes at just under 10K pace with 2 minutes rest.


I am focused on a pace of 4,30 in order to reach the 45 mins goal.


Henk, our trainer, asked me if I knew what my 10K pace was. I answered – ummm – I have a “goal pace” but whether that’s my pace at the moment is another thing.  Henk knows my goal and said that I should be running NOW between 4,30 – 4,45 and he estimated that I was running at closer to 4.


He was right! An analysis of my runkeeper confirmed this.


I slowed the pace down for the 4 minutes. I really need to get this to a comfortable pace so that I can sustain it for the full 10 k.


The run ended up with a relaxed pace and a chance to discuss the various aches and pains of other runners – for which I was able to provide a pot of WINOmega3.


Lesson learned: Find the right pace – which may not be as fast as you think!




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