Most of the time I run 8 minute miles. That has gotten to the point that it feels more like a jog. It isn't terribly hard and I don't breathe too heavily. That means I am not pushing. That is fine if I just want to run, but I want to run and race, so I need to up my speed.
I have been reading about a threshold pace. According to Competitor.com, it is "the fastest pace at which you can run and remain in control of your breathing." My last 5K, I ran a 7:40 pace. I think that is a good pace for me, but I think I could take off 10 seconds with a little effort. The other thing is my fear of bonking. The only time that happened was when I tried to run a half marathon without training. I should have expected it.
The VO2 max pace is hard breathing and is at a speed you can hold for 6-10 minutes. I put in some times into McMillan and it says my VO2 pace is 6:57, my threshold is 8:05. From my experience, I am a little faster than those paces. But, when I entered my goal race time, it said I needed to train at 7:24 threshold and 6:22 for the VO2. You can plug in your race times and goal times and see what paces to shoot for. McMillan Running.
Most of my running is a jog, but to get faster I need to do more speed work that is actually work and not just a little faster than the norm. I think I might train for a marathon too. I never really wanted to do one, but I almost feel like I need to do one to be a legit runner. What do you think?
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