>For the past 4 years or so I have had an autumn marathon on the schedule and so my summer holidays have fallen in my training cycles. In 2005 (New York City), 2006 (Chicago), 2007 (Amsterdam) and 2008 (Chicago) I trained with the Hal Higdon plan and I tended to just either play it loosey goosey on holidays (tried, sorta, kinda to get my runs in) or I extended my training program overall with 2/3 weeks so that I could more or less take the holidays off. This year, however, my training changed. I took on the Pfitz, I became a lot stronger and a lot more dedicated to my running. This has taken, and continues to take, big mental leaps for me – taking myself remotely seriously as an athlete is a complete change from how I used to see myself. Going from someone who is pleased to finish races (and amazes friends by even competing) to holding myself accountable to certain paces and expecting some improvements and results as a result means putting myself out there. Put simply, over time my goal has gone from just competing to working hard and doing the best I can.
I appear to have come back from my holiday with tired legs. Whether it was all that running in sand (man, how I hate that however pretty it looks) or the running in the heat, I don’t think I’ve quite recovered. Also, my nutrition was not top notch – complex carbs were hard to come by – the only carbs I could take were white bread which doesn’t really fit the ticket. Since coming home I’ve been trying to redress the balance and I think I’m getting back on track. My 8M with 5x600m at 5K pace (7:26, 7:18, 7:43, 7:06 and 6:54 min/mile pace) went well last night and this morning’s recovery of 4M felt good. It’s a busy week ahead with 11M tomorrow morning, 10M on Thursday morning (with 4M at lactate threshold – I want to get those LT miles in) and then a 20M race on Sunday. Yes! I’ve found one. Unfortunately it’s a tough one – the Belper Rugby Rover is a cross country race with hills, mud, trails, sheep and cows.. Apparently the 20 miles are as tough as a flat marathon. However, it will just be good to get some more race training in. Plus I’m doing it with SuperSal so I’m going to have to have a word with her about pacing. She’ll be bounding up those hills at 7:10 min/miles before we know it. Then next week I’m doing using my second silver bullet week as my son will be in hospital in London for an operation and I’m not sure how much running I can get in. I’m going to try to do the stepback week schedule again but will have to see how the land lies..
Wow my posts are so boring these days aren’t they? Life is pretty crazy busy outside of running and so my brain is on the frizz. Lots of other people (I am catching up on your blogs, I promise) appear to be suffering with a case of the blahs and I think I’ve picked up a mild case myself. However – I promise to HTFU and just get on with it. And maybe wit and entertainment will make a reappearance?