Jason Mason wrote:
Sorry left out the word coach.
Not only is the o.p. not wrong, but he is also not incorrect. A coach is just there for advise and nothing more. Do what your legs feel is right. Toodles
See this is the problem with coaches. They don’t know how to “Coach” proper running. They let kids run paces in workouts that have no correlation to what they should actually be running.
If you really know what your doing you know what your looking for in terms of effort, stride pattern, and breathing all within the constraints of certain splits they should be around. Not “ oh you feel good so let’s see how fast you can go today.”
Have you been around kids before? Some of them just can’t tell yet what pace/effort should feel like, and they’re running some insanely fast suicide pace, that they have no desire to do, they just don’t know better yet—it’ll take a few years. Hell, even kipchoge can’t get his first mile of the marathon right. That’s literally the point of coaching. To have that outside perspective and guide them. Sometimes it’s “speed up”. Sometimes it’s “slow down”. Sometimes it’s “you’re done for the day”.