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I realised recently that I misunderstood tempo running. What I previously called my 'tempo run' was 10 miles at somewhere between 7:30-8:00/m (8:00m/m is marathon pace for me). So I was running a medium distance at below marathon pace (at marathon pace when I was less fit). I know now that this isn't true tempo training and that tempo runs should be much shorter, or at least with short recoveries in between periods of running at t-pace. The question is do I need to change this. I actually really enjoy this 10mile run as I never change the distance so I always know what shape I'm in when I do one. I do it weekly and my theory was/is this prepares me for running at a decent pace for a decent distance. Also I like having a medium distance run in the week in addition to my long run. So my current schedule is as follows:
Tuesday - alternate between hill run and intervals (total of 8 miles)
Wed - 5 mile easy run
Thurs - 10 miles @ 7:30-08:00/m (as above marathon pace is 08:00).
Sun - long run. Currently only 14 miles as off season but will work up to 22 in advance of next marathon
I appreciate it differs for everyone but I'd be keen to hear if anyone thinks this is lacking drastically in any way. I used this schedule/plan to do my first marathon last Oct and it worked well for me. Obviously now I'm keen to suss out if something else would work even better. My priority first time round was to complete and enjoy it (which I did). Now I'd like to improve where I can.
Any thoughts welcome.