This is the root of the great internal debate whenever I go on a run. How hard should I push?
Pros of pushing
Looking at faster splits on the garmin and later at home on the computer.
Running races faster (shiny new PRs!)
Teaches me useful stuff in life (you know, like setting goals and accomplishing them etc etc)
|PRs are great! Knocking out that sub 2hour half new year's resolution on the 15th of Jan was sweet.|
Cons of pushing
I run because I like it. At some point, trying to meet time goals becomes way too stressful
I don't want to overdo it and injure myself
Additionally, I convinced my bf to run this marathon with me saying that it'll be cool to be able to finish together. I thought that we'd do long runs together, but my inner competitive b-word isn't letting me be satisfied with keeping his 11:00/mile pace. Seeing that number or above freaks me out.
Thus far, I've mostly done my long runs alone. But I feel bad. The whole reason that I convinced him to do this with me was so that we could keep each other company.
|Running races together is fun. I actually didn't run the race with him per say, I ran it about 4 minutes faster, but it was fun.|
I mean, this won't be the first and the last marathon I'd ever run. If I don't get a great time, then no big deal, right? There will definitely be others.
However, I don't want to scrap time goals completely for the marathon. I guess I just don't know how to keep the balance between enjoying the training and also setting a goal and achieving it.
What do you guys think? What should I do? Should I opt for slower long runs with the bf? Or should I go all or nothing and shoot for an ambitious time goal? Do you ever feel like you're the number on your Garmin?