I must say that taken some time off from running has allowed my body to really recover. Now I can see why Scott Jurek takes 4-6 weeks off at the end of the year. Although it has been a lot of work getting my base mileage back (not there yet), I feel so much stronger with a new focused attitude. I had a couple 6 milers the other week where I had to take a walking break because my stamina was weak in the 90+ degree GA heat. Normally a 6 mile run would be like walking to the mail box. I was frustrated during my run but also realized that it would take a little time to get it back.
Last night I went out for a 10 mile easy run and ended up turning it into a tempo run because I felt so good in the cool 70 deg night air. I was able to maintain an 8 min mile pace the entire run while keeping my HR in the 80% to 90% range; and still had plenty in the tank for more. I felt good with this considering my time away from doing any serious running.
There has been a hint of fall in the air with the cooler temps this week – Thank God.
I reflected back on my training this year and thought about next year’s races, and the same thought keep flashing in my head: Doing the same thing and expecting different results - Crazy! I thought about what went well, and identified the weak areas I need to improve in. With a new focus and training plan, a return trip to RR-100 is a must in Feb. It sounds like a long time away, but for me it means I only have 5 months to build up my core mileage, specific training (speed work and hill training), and get my hydration and nutrition under control. I will be given more attention to heart rate monitoring and use it to guide my workouts. I did some research on this and can see the benefits in it by allowing the HR to dictate the difference between a hard training day and a recovery day. I will post more details on my training as I progress towards my new goal.