Going too slow when running alone?

  • fLiP21

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    Jul 09, 2014 3:04 PM GMT
    Hi everyone. I just took a physical fitness test today and did pretty well in push ups and sit ups, with the only exception being the run. Usually I run around on average 14:00 for the 2 mile run, however I did significantly worse today. I normally run with a large group of people in the Fall and Spring that keep me on my toes and really push me to go beyond what I normally think I can do. However, being that it is summer, I now have to run alone. My question for you guys is how do you train yourself in such a way so that you maintain your running fitness? I find it harder to maintain my running time when I have to train alone. Come Fall or Spring, I have no issue getting back up to speed. It's just during those times when I have to run alone that I need help with, because I often become less motivated and don't work as hard as I could/should. Any tips/ tricks, workout plans, equipment, advice, etc. would be useful.

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    Jul 09, 2014 3:13 PM GMT
    I had to stop running after a serious herniated disk injury.

    But I still cycle. When cycling alone, I tend to go slower...unless I'm using a GPS app to track my ride. When doing that, I tend to "race myself" trying to beat my previous best time.

    The app I use is Strava. It's for cycling and running. That might help you out a bit.
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    Jul 09, 2014 5:47 PM GMT
    If you've got the cash you could get a running watch that has a gps in it, e.g., Garmin. Since it's tracking your location you can set it to beep at you if you're running slower than you want.

    For me, all that matters is that my heart rate is above a certain level (128 bpm currently), so mine has a heart rate monitor chest strap.
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    Jul 13, 2014 4:36 AM GMT
    I prefer running with people. Especially if they're a little faster than you. Helps keep the motivation up.

    Unfortunately, my work schedule sucks sometimes and it's hard to coordinate runs with other people. So I've started using the Nike+ app for my phone. Helps track my progress. And allows me to set mini goals to help improve my run time. Give it a shot.