This morning, I ran 2 miles with Back on My Feet, drove and pounded out four more to the sight of an absolutely gorgeous sunrise. I’m not joking when I say I was wondering if this is what heaven looks like — for real. I stole this photo from B.Pan photography, who took it this morning because my measly iphone pic did NOT do it justice!
The key really to performing well is being consistent in your training and not missing workouts as well being disciplined enough to schedule rest days and stick to them. Don’t skip those mid week semi long runs that come back to back…they are really valuable for teaching your body to run efficiently while fatigued.
I don’t think you need to take another 12 minutes off your goal to “be safe” at breaking 4. You could be setting yourself up for injury or disappointment when you can not nail those workouts at 345 goal.
You could tweak the times I little on the current 357 plan if you want. I really think you will be fine especially since you have never done any Tempo or Speed work.
Stay consistent and do the workouts as scheduled…adjusting to rest when it is needed and you will do great.
So, I’m committed. I’m doing it. But I can’t tell you how hard it is to run 8+ miles on a treadmill (more than one day especially!) with nothing much to do. At my gym, there are TVs but at my apartment it’s just one boring news channel. But it’s so much more convenient to just be at home! Oh, first world problems! You can only read so many magazines. Anyway, I’ll stop whining now 🙂