As this season started, I felt like my training was all over the board and without purpose. In previous years, I have never followed a particular scheduled plan. I just ran every other day, allowing for recovery days. Built up my distance slowly and speed just kind of happened along the way. It was fun and worked for race day, well, sort of. I do believe that some of the reason I suffered injuries is because I only ran and didn’t cross train. As I have added yoga to my schedule this spring, I can feel and see my body changing and know that the strength I am gaining from yoga is definitely helping my running. How could it not, really?
I still hadn’t fallen into a purposeful pattern this spring though. I started looking at training programs and reading books about running and every article I could get my hands on, I paid close attention to what other runners that I follow on social media were doing. I was overwhelmed. I dove into different plans with full force, spending hours trying to figure out what speed I should be running what training session at. I tried applying those specific times to specific training sessions.
And…I hated it. It’s not fun anymore. I am checking my watch too much and am disappointed with what it’s telling me. I hurt. A lot. I am exhausted mentally and physically. I can’t let running drain me so much so that I miss out on family stuff, it has to be my pick me up that makes me feel strong and powerful. It has to keep my head clear so that I can support our family. I am not saying that I will not still run hard, sweat and give it my all, it’s just that what I’m doing now, isn’t working.
So, I’m giving up tucking away this pile of books and notes and charts and schedules for a while. I am going back to the basics.
- support that running with some other form of exercise
- give my body time to recover
- use my watch as a tool and don’t become a slave to it
- eat right, sleep
- listen to my body
- stay consistent
- find what makes me feel awesome
- have fun again
I may return to these books of advice and specific training plans again and take pieces of them to add to my training but for now I need it to be just fun again. So, off I go! I’ll be the one having fun and smiling!
Countdown to Races:
- 16 days until 10 km at Blue Nose Marathon
- 57 days until 10 km at Salmon Festival
- A bunch of days to Color Run 5 km
- 134 days until 5 km at Maritime Race Weekend
- 135 days until 21.1 km at Maritime Race Weekend