Based on the cooler temps and all the leaves on the ground, I would say fall season is finally here. My running has been simple and basic with no races on the horizon. Usually I’m thinking about my upcoming races, the terrain, challenges, and modify me training to best prepare me. During my runs, I’m thinking about pushing a little harder on the hill repeats and tempo runs, going a little longer on the long runs to get me mentally ready and boost my confidence, and adjusting my fuel intake to find what works best for changing conditions. I must admit it has been relaxing not worrying about any of this and just running for the love of running. No watch, no HR monitor, and no worries of time or distance: Just simply running and getting back to basics.
The other night I had the best surprise, my just turned teenage daughter (Renee) says “Dad, let go for a run.” Trying not to act too excited, I said see you in 5. It was dark out but the streetlights gave off plenty of light for our 2 mile trip to the end of the street and back. I let her set the pace, and must say a strong pace she set. Her running form was simple, natural, and strong. When I was a kid, the thought of my dad taking me running was so remote. Something I will not miss out on when given the chance with my kids. Afterward, she thanked me for the run and looked forward to the next. How can life get any better then this!
And it did! After our run, my son (Josh) said “Dad, lets hit the weights – wrestling is around the corner.” To the weight room I said as we slid the weights on the Olympic bar and start our routine. I was sore the next day, and it reminded me how much I’ve neglected my upper body. So, for the remainder of this year, I’m going to concentrate on maintaining my running base with simple runs, and getting my core and upper body back into shape. This will serve me well as I evaluate which races to run for 2011.Hope you all are enjoying the cooler temps and lower humidity as much as I am.