Fall Running: Same Races, New Plan

standard September 11, 2015 Leave a response

A cool front is finally heading our way this weekend. It is going to be a relief to run in something cooler than 85 degree temps with 90% humidity. Please and thank you. Fall running has been a very slow, sluggish start with the weather combined with a crazy schedule. But you make it work how you need to. And running is the best therapy for pretty much everything else.

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It has been an entire year since my last marathon and I am itching to race again, despite being slow after a summer break. I am officially signed up for round 2 of the Austin Distance Challenge and have a few specific goals for this training cycle to manage all the craziness.

Stick to what works. I am a morning runner. My body likes it better. My routine is easier. I eat better throughout the day. It just works. Yes, a few days are night runs, but I have realized in order for training to be effective, I need to just go with what works. That also goes for my training plan and diet. I am switching things up a little bit from past cycles, but the key elements are the same.

Know when to let go. Training won’t be perfect. Miles will be skipped. Miles will be added. It will be crazy hot. And crazy hilly. The key is to know when to just go with the flow and start over tomorrow. This is extremely hard for me to do, so maybe writing it in public will help me stick to it!

Don’t do it alone.  I have trained for all four of my marathons mostly by myself. Not this year. I found a friend crazy enough to race it with me, and since it is her first marathon, it will be an extra fun journey running with her through all the insanity that is marathon training. And the accountability will be a much appreciated benefit this time around.

Who else is looking forward to it finally feeling like fall? Any other crazies doing the Distance Challenge?

 

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