Seven weeks of minimal running was so hard. Honestly, I could handle the single mile and cross training. But the planning, the goals, the food was all hard. After non-stop training for most of last year (Disney, then SeaWheeze and MCM) I was just used to the routine of having a workout, meals, nutrition, and goals mapped out for me every single day. So what did I do with the last 7 weeks? Map out all the workouts, meals, and nutrition for fall racing. I haven’t even signed up for any races yet, but of course that didn’t stop me. It did keep me engaged enough to not run more than needed and actually take a break. And while some people may think of the planning part of training as a time-consuming chore, for me it’s a fun challenge to figure out and execute. And with school starting next month, it will be very convenient to not have to worry about any of my workouts or meal planning. It’s all done and ready to go. I just get to figure out how to fit the time into my days.
Here are this summer’s goals for easing back into running and fall racing season:
1. Listen to your body. Just because the schedule says so, doesn’t mean you have to do it. Considering this is the opposite mentality of race training, this is definitely a hard one for me. Easing back in to running doesn’t mean suddenly running all the miles every day. If I need to cut back, swap out miles for cross training, or just stop, it is OK. No use getting hurt before fall training even starts.
2. Build speed AND endurance. Since mileage is still fairly low, this is the perfect time to get back to super easy slow miles to build endurance and also incorporate a few speedwork sessions to get the legs used to going fast again.
3. Fuel properly. Part of my June goals was to play around with the balance of macronutrients I took in while strength training. I’m still playing with this for strength but this also comes into play for running. Our muscles need carbs, protein, and fat, but the timing and quantity can definitely help performance. Every one’s bodies respond differently, but the key is to make sure to get enough of all three.
Who else is gearing up for a fun and humid summer of running?
Any takers on signing up for the Austin Distance Challenge with me (it’s fun, I promise!)?