I’m part of a wonderful running group called TXR (Trails, X-country, Roads) Runners. Such a nice name! They have their sessions (usually speed work) on weekdays and on Sundays (long run). After getting bored of pounding the track alone during my training regime, I tweaked my schedule to accommodate a Monday TXR session to get rid of this boredom. Yesterday was my second run with them and by the time I stopped my watch, I had got a 5k personal best (PB), that was totally unexpected. I ran my previous PB during a sub-23 parkrun.
The original plan for the group was to run 3 sets of (2 times (400m @ 10k pace + 100m jog) followed with a faster 400m and finally a 400m jog). It sounds a bit complicated. Doesn’t it? But it was a wonderful workout! Putting it simple, you run around 12 laps, 6 @ 10k, 3 @ maybe 5k and the other three are simply jogs. I probably got this PB during the first and second set because I was very tired during the third and struggling in the first half of that set. Nevertheless, I am feeling stronger today as I look back on the last night. It gives me confidence now that I could do a sub-22 if I train a bit harder.
5k Personal Best:
We are humans, we lead a challenging life and to take on these challenges, almost all of us have to make some targets. A child is usually fascinated by the things around to foresee a long term target, I want to be a pilot for instance. An adult is usually more focused however money-minded, I want to get a highly paid R&D job for example. Being a student, my academic targets are about getting good grades and I also have some long term targets. But the important thing is how do I achieve them?
For a long time, I have been following this strategy of short targets. I believe this is one of the regular working plans in this system, not something which I have invented. It goes like this: Instead of taking a long term target, I decompose it into parts, little parts and I focus on these little parts. Consider my academic life, If I have to pass in a subject, I need to study that or I need to know about each chapter of that subject. This is how it works. I arrange my schedule such that I could cope up with the chapters regularly and by the end, I would have done almost the entire subject. But then comes integrity. This is the most important aspect of this strategy. Any individual part may not make that a sense alone. Every segment has to be integrated to aim at the master target.
I believe that this strategy is quite simple as the load is distributed in to parts however a person has to be continuous in it. Since I am a little bit on the lazy side, this strategy is easy for me and I hope that it could be beneficial for people like me.