Marathon Training – Slowing Down Like The TortoisePosted: October 14, 2010
I have taken a new strategy to completing my first marathon. One that I still can’t believe is working for me. I worked up to running. Walk for five minutes then run for five minutes. The time that I was taking to recover from the five minute run was slowing me down. When I started hitting eight miles, I had trouble with my knees. After a short break to recover.
I started walking again. I started walking at a quicker pace. In the old way, I was hitting a pace of 16 minutes a mile. By slowing down to a fast walk, my pace per mile has been greatly reduced. I am averaging between 13:30-14:45 per mile. With this new strategy, I feel better after completing eight miles. I do not feel that I am totally drained of energy. After returning home, I had some leg issues until I stretched out. I was planning on doing five miles in the morning. Not sure how my legs are going to hold up so I will run after work.