What does it take to be fast? How do you get faster?
These are questions I have been asking myself lately. I've spent the year building miles - safely and injury free. I've also been thrilled this year that I haven't puked once, either in training or racing. I've come close, but I haven't crossed the line this year, so I'm getting the nutrition and hydration issues under control.
My mind wanders to the next challenge... getting faster. I've been scouring websites reading all about speed workouts, most of which boggle my mind. I've never done any workout with the numbers "400s" or "800s" in it. I monitor my stats on my Garmin, but I wouldn't have the foggiest idea how (or where?) to go run 400s. Is that even important for an aspiring marathoner?
Is it mental? Bio-mechanical? Genetic? All of the above?
What percentage of time can you expect to shave off a race with speed work (once you figure out how to do it)?
So many questions... Very little in the way of answers.
Let's be clear though... It's not that I think faster runners are better. It's that I am a challenge junkie and this is my next challenge. For now.
Sigh. If only I'd been born Jamaican. Ya, mon.