Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Let's Convert Meters to Miles

If you have done speed workouts, you might have noticed how most of them are in meters! For the conversion-challenged like me this causes a problem when you want to do a workout. Just kidding, I write it down on my paper.


Today's workout

Mike and I don't really label our training runs, as I mentioned in this post, but I wanted to try one of these speed workouts from Margs at The Faster Bunny. I actually emailed these to my mom after we talked one day about different workouts we could do to get faster, since we all want to get faster right?

When I think about getting faster, I do not think of Yasso 800s though. Sorry for those of you who love (love to hate maybe) them but they just seem boring to me. Which is why I was thrilled when I saw these different workouts.

From the options I picked one for half marathon training (the one called "Prep for Going Out Too Fast") since we most likely have a few coming up in March and April, but I would like to try a few of the 5K ones too. If you can't see it on the photo above it called for two sets of:

800m at 5K pace
1200m at 10K pace
3200m at Half Marathon pace

I based my paces on a 25:59 5K, 55:59 10K and 2:05:59 Half Marathon. I did see what I would have had to do for a 1:59:59 Half Marathon and it wasn't much different than the 10K pace! I will get there soon though!

Overall it went really well. Mike and I were both exhausted at the end, but I think that is supposed to happen after a hard running session.


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In the end I had to modify the paces a little bit since we did use the treadmill like Margs suggested (but next time we won't, we still hate the treadmill). My 5K pace ended up being 8:20, my 10K pace was 8:57 and my Half Marathon pace was 9:31.

We also had to cut our workout short since the treadmills at our gym automatically stop after one hour, not really sure what that is about. The last 2 miles at Half Marathon pace were cut down to 1.25 miles leaving our total at 6.4 miles.

I'm excited to add some variety to our running, but we are going to do all of our speed workouts either outside or on the track (indoor or outdoor) from now on. I really have to give props to all of you who run on the treadmill consistently, I don't know how you do it!

Any other fun workouts that you would like to share?

17 comments:

  1. Kudos for you for getting through that long on a treadmill!

    I need to do speed work and hill work some day! I've been told the both essentially accomplish the same thing - but I don't know if I believe it.

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    1. Thanks Mandy! It was tough, we were both sweating about 10 minutes into it. We definitely prefer running outside!

      Yea we want to add some hill work, we have a perfect area where we can run up a hill and then do a short recovery run. I haven't heard that they accomplish the same thing, I will have to look into that!

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  2. Wow that is a really long speedworksucks! Very impressive, I need to do some longer ones like that. How many miles did you end up doing?

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    1. Yea it was pretty long but I wanted to try to get 7 miles in yesterday anyway.

      I ended up doing 6.4 miles and Mike did 6.5 since his paces were a little bit faster than mine. If we had completed the entire workout we would have done 7.25 to 7.5 miles.

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  3. I am so dumb when it comes to tempo runs, race pace, etc. I am trying to incorporate more speed work into my training but it's taking some getting used to:)

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    1. That's alright! We have just started to add some of these to our running and not even that much. I just picked paces based on some goal times that I have but I'm not sure I can really hit some of those yet.

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  4. Oh Jamie....I'm really impressed with your times. I feel like I gave it my all for my first 5k race but now b/c there was so much time in btwn that and this relay I just feel like such a slacker - I hate speed work. HATE - though I do have a tempo run on the agenda today ;)

    I do speedwork on the treadmill and want to DIE! I feel like I can't keep up with the belt. Oh well. I usually only do 400's or 800s so I can do it for that long.

    Next Saturday I am going to drive down to where the race is a practice those last 10k ....although after reading the website I see the last person actually has to do 10.5k!!!! WTF?!!?! lol

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    1. ps: I can guarantee that I will go out too fast. I do even in my runs...so silly

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    2. Ahh finally I can reply to you!

      That's weird that the last person does 10.5K???? What's up with that.

      Thanks Ali, I was pretty impressed too. But now I am tired!

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  5. Great job on the speed work-- it always leaves me exhausted, too! :) I know what you mean about the treadmill. In some ways, it's really helpful to keep me on pace for intervals, but in general, I try to avoid it!

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    1. That's why we did it since holding the same pace for two miles would have been difficult outside, but I think Mike even hates the treadmill more than me!

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  6. I'm actually on the lookout for more speed work. I really should run them in the track, but I just go at it on the road.

    I will shoot you an e-mail about which days work best for me once we get closer to the date. Is that okay?

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    1. That sounds good, just let me know!

      You should try some of these workouts! I don't think doing it on the road is that bad, I just can't stand the treadmill anymore so we will have to do whatever we can.

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  7. Last nite we did 20x 1-1. That's 20 times 1 min of hard running, 1 min. of easy running. You don't do it on track, just on roads. Some of people on team can set workout on their watches so that the watch bings every minute.(I haven't really figured out how to set workouts up on my watch?)- maybe you or Mike could figure it out and explain to me how to do it! Anyhow, we got about 7 miles in with 15 minute warmup and cooldown.

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    1. Oh yea I think Mike knows how to do that.

      I'll keep that workout in mind for the future.

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  8. You'll definitely start seeing improvements when you use speed work! It's pretty amazing, really. I am looking forward to when I can start doing Yasso's again next month.

    I'm glad there is someone else out there that hates the treadmill!!! Ugh. I would rather get up and run at 4 AM so I can avoid it :).

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    1. Yea I'm excited to improve!

      We've only run on the treadmill four or five times and every time we do it, it just reminds us why we hate it!

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