I'm trying to get a bit faster (although a humid summer does not really seem like the best time...but we'll just ignore that part), so I need to be paying attention to my pace and running fairly uncomfortably. Since a lot of what goes into running and training is mental and it is often my mental game that lets me down when I run, I'm trying to think of ways to play tricks on myself. I think that switching my pacing to kilometres might be a way of helping me out. When I look at speed workouts with paces in kilometres, I don't really know how fast it is. I can't get nervous and think "there's no way I can run that fast" because I have no idea what it really means. I am currently looking at a training plan all in kilometres and thinking "hey, that doesn't look so bad" but then when I look at the final finish time for the race, I know it is going to be hard.
(photo by John Talbot on Flickr)
I know that running in kilometres alone will not make me faster - I know it is mostly going to take hard work, but I'm hoping that making the switch to pacing in minutes per kilometre might trick my brain just enough to make it feel a little more achievable.
Do you think it will work?