Hi, Adam Culp the Crazy Floridian here. Well, it happened again. I’m sure I am not the only one to experience this, and I hope I am doing the right thing, only time will tell. I am talking about those moments when we realize our fitness has increased enough that we now have a new level to operate at. Isn’t it funny how it kinda sneaks up on you? I mean, think about it. One day your out doing a workout, just running along and minding your own business, when suddenly you look down at your HRM/GPS watch and realize “WOW, am I running fast. I should really slow down. No wait, I feel great! Why slow down, this is comfortable!“.
This is what I have experienced on each run for the past week, and today I didn’t fight it. Instead I simply let my body run at whatever speed it wanted to, which was much faster than my normal workouts before. Today I ran at an 8:40/mile pace, and it was completely comfortable. (5 miles for those who are wondering)
Now I know what your thinking…but it is not true. I wasn’t pushing at all, I wasn’t out of breath at all, and I had lots of reserve left. In fact I could have comfortably carried on a casual conversation at this pace.
In the past when this happens (and after the initial shock wears off, as well as the “YES!” factor) I have simply adjusted my paces to accommodate and continued training at the new pace. However, at the moment I am a little concerned. How fast is too fast for training? At what point (if it exists) do I simply stick to “the plan” and not increase my speed during workouts? (Does such a point exist?)
I am relatively new at this, so I really do not have the answers. (I only have 2 marathons and one 50 mile ultra behind me so far.)
I mean…sure it is nice to hit a new level of fitness, and feel the little boost that comes from that. But truthfully, doing 8:40/mile for a normal workout runs seems INSANE! (But I’m lovin’ it!) I felt this way when I increased from 10:30, 10:00, 9:45, and 9:30, and now here I go again.
So blog-land, let me know your thoughts on the subject. When do you know it is time to increase the intensity of your workouts? (Or do you just remain the same?)
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