I’m not a terribly fast runner. Well, let’s be honest: I’m not a fast runner. I’m not a super-slow runner, either. I’m just one of those middle-of-the-pack people. And, let me be clear, I will always be one of those people.
We are an awesome group of people: We’re dedicated weekend warriors; we wake up uber-early for our weekend long run because the family has a Saturday schedule to keep; we run at odd times mid-week because we work and parent; we run to push ourselves; we run for the challenge; we run as an outlet. We run.
Before kids, I was more a front-of-the-middle-of-the-pack runner. Now I’m really in there, wedged smack in the middle, and there are times when I feel like I might even be waning on the edge of the back of the middle. And that’s OK. I’m still running — and that’s why we’re all in this, right?
But here’s the deal: I’ve finally set a goal amidst all this daily running. I’m going to run my final half marathon for the year in under two hours (or right at two hours, if we’re being honest). I did it pre-kid. Now, seven years later, I want to do it post-kids.
Enter speed work. I just completed my first set of mile repeats, quite possibly for the first time in my entire life. It was a good workout. The speed was good. The number of repeats was good. All good. Then, I started reading about 800 meter repeats being better than full miles…yadda, yadda, yadda. What now?
Frankly, for someone new to the speedwork game, I’m just happy to be playing, but I do wonder what’s more beneficial: the mile or the 800-meter repeat?
For now, the plan I’ve created for myself dictates miles, so that’s what I’m doing. But what about you? What’s your best tried-and-true speedwork training — and why? And, are you in the mile repeat camp or is the 800-meter repeat your speedwork of choice?
Daily running update: 600+ miles logged, y’all. Cheers!