I’ve got someone pretty special over here today! I’ve never actually met Tina in real life but she has been a huge inspiration for me over the years. We’ve done a podcast together and she is the best text motivator/listener/cheerleader (I text her a lot during training:) out there. She does a lot for the running community online and even though she is an elite, she makes us all feel better about our running and she offers amazing tips along the way on all of her social media channels and I especially love her podcasts.
ENJOY!!! Andrew and I are probably swimming with whale sharks right about now (AHHHHHHHHH).
Hi Hungry Runner Girl Fans!
Oooohh I feel a little starstruck writing for this lovely girl while she is away on her honeymoon. I think we would all rather be relaxing in Mexico than reading a blog post right now, but I will do my best to live up to her standards.
I was not sure what to write about, and I’m still not sure, so let’s see where this goes….
For the many of you who do not know me, I am a British International Runner sponsored by Saucony. I am also the Community Manager for Runners Connect and host of the Run to the Top podcast- would love if you could take a listen (shameless plug I am sorry!).
I think the best thing for me to write about today would be about easy running, as that is something we all struggle with…. whether we like to admit it or not.
Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?
We struggle with our easy runs. How does that even make sense?
Surely the easy runs are the ones that should be exactly that, easy. Yet somehow those are the ones that most of us mess up, myself included.
I don’t know about you, but when I am out running on my recovery days, I often get caught up in some emotions of something that has happened that day, or that I had a bad workout the day before, or even just wanting to get it “over with”… yes, as an elite I still have many many of those days too!!!
For those reasons, or many others, we end up running a little harder than we should. Not hard exactly, but we know in our hearts we should be running slower.
Part of it is our ego.
For me, that is a big part of it. I feel like everyone is staring at me wondering why I am going so slowly, when in fact most people could not care less that I am running, and if they do, chances are they wish they were running.
Have you noticed that even if you ran just a few hours before, if you drive by someone running, you wish you could run , and feel guilty that they are out there and you are being lazy in a car?
Or maybe it is just me?
Either way, I try hard to swallow my pride, and make my easy runs so slow that I can do any of the following (or all three):
***Breathe through my nose the entire time- yes, that includes going up hills.
***Have a full conversation with a friend while you are running.
***Finish the run feeling better than when you started, feeling like you could do the whole thing all over again as it did not tire you out.
Now, most people take their race pace, and they add about a minute and think that is slow enough, but let me be a little bit bossy (those who know me, know that I can be bossy) and tell you that you are not running slow enough.
Need an example.
I hope this does not come across wrong, I am just trying to prove just how much slower I run than my race pace. Remember, running is all relative, so you need to take this and apply it to your own training.
My marathon race pace is around 6:00 per mile, my recovery runs are about 9:00 per mile.
If you are still stuck on the 6:00 per mile for the race pace cause that sounds so fast, it feels it, and it is definitely NOT easy. I have to fight about 10000000 mental demons during the course of a marathon.
Anyway, my point is that I am running about 3 minutes per mile slower than my marathon race pace. That is how slow you need to go, and I promise you, it will not only allow you to feel better in races, but your workouts will be better, and you will enjoy those recovery runs so much more when they are not in the ‘grey’ area.
It will mean you can run your hard days hard, just like they are meant to be, and those easy days are as easy as you can possibly allow yourself to do.
I hope this has given you something to think about. I pride myself on being real and relatable, and I would love if you could check out my blog and let me know what you think.
Thanks to Janae for the opportunity to guest post, and I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day!
Janae back with some questions:)
How often do you run easy? Is it hard for your to stick to your easy runs?
What is the hardest part of running for you?
What is your run today!?!