Saturday, November 3, 2012

Finding my Pace (and my confidence)

I've struggled a bit finding my pace. I've mostly played with intervals and not so much just running. Something I've noticed though now that I've done two longer races that I have found myself running more and walking less.  That's not to say I am going to stop doing intervals but it's been nice to see how my pace has developed outside of the intervals.

Initially when I first started running outside and not on a treadmill, my pace was all over the place.  I'd start out slow and then speed up way to fast and then I'd get tired and start walking for a few minutes. I'd start running again and the whole process would repeat.  I started doing intervals to try and give myself a break until I could figure out my pacing.  Which, in retrospect, was probably not the ideal way to use intervals.

But what I have learned recently is that I'm finding a pace.  I am capable of recognizing when I am going faster than I need and slow myself to down to a more happy, less frantic pace.  I also have figured out that if I do get tired, I can just take my pace down again and then speed back up when I'm ready.  What this means for me is that I'm seeing less peaks and valleys and a more steady pace.  But ultimately what I think this truly means is that I am getting more confidence in myself and my abilities.  Isn't that what running is all about?  Going outside of yourself and challenging yourself and by doing so developing a sense of confidence that maybe wasn't there before.