Sunday, August 31, 2008
Run Fast. This is my latest reading adventure. I LOVE it. The author, Hal Higdon, is a well-known runner, coach, and writer. He has contributed to "Runner's World" magazine longer than any other writer. His training plans are considered the best out there. This book is such a page turner for me. It is like I am reading "Gone With the Wind" again! However, what stinks is that I don't think I am physically ready for a lot of his strategies. He recommends speed-work (obviously) to get faster. Workouts would include- repeats, intervals, tempo runs, fartleks, etc. In order to begin running speed-work you have to have a good base or you will get injured. I started running, after my injury, about 8 weeks ago. I started at about 4 miles a week and have slowly built up my mileage. Right now I am at 18.5 miles a week. I don't know that this is a strong enough base to start speed-work on. (Confession- I did run a fartlek this past week and everything seemed fine.) Some experts say you need 6 weeks of a good base before beginnign speed-work. Some experts say a year of running w/ a solid base! I am going to email Dr. Osborne (my podiatrist) and find out what he thinks. I am also going to email Coach Jenny and see what she thinks. I am really wanting to get faster but not a the expense of my leg. I was doing the math and in the past year I have been unable to run for 8 MONTHS of it b/c of my leg injury!!! That is crazy. I didn't realize it was that long but I couldn't run 2 months last summer, one month in the fall, and 5 months this spring!!! I do not want that to happen again. For now I will just read about fast people running fast. That is pretty exciting for me! Peace!