Consistency Is Key….
Let’s talk about consistency!! Or to be consistent….
marked by harmony, regularity, or steady continuity : free from variation or contradiction.
I have been told many time, by many people that my running is all over the place, pace wise. And it is. Or was.
When I watched the Boston Marathon, I saw how very consistent the elite runners pace was. Not every mile was the same pace but it sure was close. I wonder to myself why I am so inconsistent in my running and I think perhaps because I am like that in my every day life. Perhaps, it carries over to my running?
It’s hard sometimes keeping a consistent pace because somehow even though I think I am going fast, it is always slower. I have never been one to follow a training schedule and I am still not sure I want to. I do know that those that do follow a training regimen are much more consistent in pacing. They know what it “feels” like to run a 9 minute mile and they go with it. A systematic plan is in place. They know that today they need to run for 40 minutes because its on the schedule.
I am of the belief that plans and schedules can be broken. I just run. What I am trying hard to do is just be consistent. And by consistent I don’t only mean to run every day. I mean to stay within a certain pace without being all over the place. It’s too hard and it doesn’t make for a good running partnership. Yes, I want to play nice with others. I want to be able to play in the sand box and not get sand kicked in my face. I know I can do it. Consistency is key.
It’s all up to me. I can make it happen if I want it bad enough. Sometimes, I wonder if I should just run solo. And sometimes, I love running alone with my thoughts. It’s therapeutic. It’s a beautiful thing, this running. What I want most out of it is not to feel pressure to run – I just want to run for the love of it. For how wonderful it makes me feel. For the beauty of meeting other runners. For the cool looking kicks I get to wear. Just all of it.
But, consistency is key. Key to most things in life.
I am planning on a 7 mile run this Saturday in hilly Prospect Park. My goal is to not stop until i reach the mileage. I have been making a bad habit out of stopping to walk after 3 miles. The stopping needs to stop. My friend Samantha said she would run in back of me to make sure that I keep on going. Yikes!!
The best part is my TOE has been so very good to me. No pain. I am so over that broken toe.
Garmin is finally Mac compatible. How cool is that? And it works so much faster and better than on my PC!!! Seth has been good to me!!! I am so glad I bought Seth. Someday I will learn to run with out him (on occasion).
4-23-09 5 miles 52.40 10.32 min/mile 595 calories burned
Mile 1 10.56
Mile 2 10.50
Mile 3 10.47
Mile 4 11.52
Mile 5 9.58
Not very consistent huh???