Monday, August 1, 2011
"Training on LSD and Speed"
Anyone who has ever trained for a marathon or even looked into training for one has read plenty of information on the importance of the two main tenants of marathon training. LSD(Long Slow Distance) runs and Speed work.
Speed work is not a problem.....run fast, run hard, occasionally throw up, and repeat....
LSD is what I have a tougher time with. Not so much the "L" or the "D"......but the "S" slow- is what I have a hard time with.... I'm not saying I'm FLASH or anything. I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around "go slower to go faster".
I've been told that the speed work is to increase speed(obviously) and LSD's are to build endurance...makes sense right?
When I put actual numbers to it....it doesn't make sense to me....
My goal is to maintain an 8:20 pace for 26.2 miles....that would put me finishing just under 3:40 and would mean the big BQ.
So if I do all my long runs.....like I've been told, at one and a half minutes per mile slower than race pace, that would put me running my long runs at a 9:50 pace....??
Can that be right?
I would love to hear from some of you runners who have run to qualify, qualified, or just run marathons.....
Look forward to reading your input!
Grace and peace,