When early registration for the 2020 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon opened, I immediately registered for the full. I ran it last year, and I was determined to do it again AND beat my time.
And then the whole house came down with hand, foot, and mouth disease. The kids got better, but mine lovingly transformed into a bacterial upper respiratory infection. Cue the antibiotics. I was getting better, but about 2-3 days after finishing the antibiotics, it developed into bronchitis. Fun! I was sick from October – November.
December was okay, but influenza A invaded our home — and all of us — in early January.
In other words, training was derailed from the start.
When I began running, I certainly had no idea what “speed training” meant. I certainly didn’t plan on doing it, whatever it was. I thought you just ran as fast as you could run and called it a day (hmmm maybe this is why I got hurt so many times…?).
When I became an RRCA certified running coach and gained more experience as a runner, I learned a lot more about how runners can safely decrease their pace. It takes time and persistence, but eventually, running speed intervals, incorporating strides, and doing some key speed drills will help you get faster.
Still, there’s much to be learned. A lot of new runners — especially ones who assign themselves the title of “back of the pack” — may wonder where to begin. Good news — coach is in to help you out!