If you’ve been reading any of my posts lately, you’ll notice a theme. I’m talking a lot about my paces. Easy run pace, long run pace and marathon pace. All the pace, all the time, all the running. But why is hitting these paces so important to me?
It’s because, when I was starting training for the Twin Cities Marathon last summer I received the best running advice. I’m not sure where I heard it first but I know I heard it multiple times from multiple places. That’s what happens when you listen to ALL the running podcasts and follow ALL the running social media accounts. And that advice was “take the easy runs easy.”
Why is it important to take easy runs easy, especially in marathon training? It helps build endurance to get to that 26.2 point while not stressing out your body as much. Of course, the mileage you put in during marathon training does put stress on your body. But imagine if you were running at race pace (or faster) for all your runs just because you could.
Because I definitely could run a lot of my runs faster than my marathon pace of 10:30 minutes/mile. And I’ve seen that it’s really easy for me to run too fast on my easy and long runs. If I was really on top of my pacing, here’s how my runs would be looking (according to the Pace+ app):
Race pace: 10:30 minute/mile
Easy run pace: 11:00 minute/mile
Long run pace: 11:00-12:00 minute/mile
So, I’m continuing to work on my paces and not going too fast. As I get used to how these feel and once I get further into training, I will get better at hitting those and not going faster. Especially for my long runs. Looking back at my long runs for Twin Cities Marathon training, once I got past 14 miles my pace got closer to the 12 minute/mile average pace.
What’s the best piece of running advice you’ve received? Share it in the comments below!