I read this naff motivational quote on Twitter this week that said something like 'running is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate'. It really struck a chord with me, because running has never been a punishment for me - it has always been about joy.
I wonder if that's why all I really care about is getting to a point where I can run for a very long way. I've never really been driven by pace - and while I enjoy a PB as much as the next person, it's never been a big driving factor for me.
When running is not a joy then it's not worth doing.
Today I ran a slow 5km in my new trainers - a present from my parents for my birthday (technically not until Saturday!). So far so good, with noticably more room in the toebox than my old Brooks Pure Connect 2s, I managed to finish the run still able to feel my toes! A good sign all around.
I've also signed up for a 10km race on the 20th of May, with a friend. We're going to plod around the back being social.
I'm still reading 80/20 Running, which I've spoken about before. I'm playing around with the difference in HR vs. pace zones for my training, but I think I will end up sticking with HR.
According to pace zones today I spend most of my run in 'Endurance':
But, by heart rate I am mainly in 'Tempo' - which is not where I should be.
I don't (yet) know enough about it, and I haven't (yet) read far enough into 80/20 Running to get a proper sense of what I should be aiming for, so I will continue to investigate and experiment.
Also - if someone could explain to me what a Strava Suffer Score is, that would be great!
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