Baby Steps.

Saturday: 20 miles @ 7-7:15
Sunday: AM:50 min, PM: 3 miles
Monday: 80 minutes @ 6:58-6:44 w/ 10*1 min hard @ 5:18, 1 min jog in btwn.
Tuesday: 72 min easy
Wednesday: 90 min w/ strides
Thursday: AM: 30 min PM: track session, 1.5 mile w/u, 8 x 1000m @ 3:35, 3:33, 3:32, 3:32, 3:31, 3:30, 3:34 (backwards), 3:27, w/ 90sec jog rest, 1 mile c/d w/ 4 x 150 strides

One thing I don’t do a very good job of is describing in my training log how much “effort” I put into some of my training sessions. I know that the “giving it all you got every day” mentality, as glamorous as it may seem in fitness inspired posts floating around Facebook, is really a recipe for disaster in the long run (I don’t mean training as hard as you can, I mean going 100% everyday on the hard days). And this year I’m looking forward to a long racing season which means I’ve got to be more patient in my hard sessions and more focused on my recovery.

I’ve been sleeping more and eating better, which means my overall energy has improved. I’ve stopped counting miles and started back counting “minutes” and running doubles when I’m really tired. Though last week was great for training, I did deal with an episode of S.I. This caused my long run (20 miles) to be much slower than I would have liked, but overall successful given I had already ran 2 hard session and a pretty hefty amount of miles.

Thursday I ran my first track session in over a year. Houston assisted with the pacing (I told him I wanted to run around 5:40) and helped me hit every interval on target. It was surprisingly easy, though I stuck to the plan and didn’t do anything crazy. I left the track feeling like I had more energy then I had started. I’m hoping this is a good thing and does not mean I should have ran harder. At the least, its a place to start.

This Sunday I will run Germantown Half as a training run in preparation for the Ottawa Marathon, which is also Canadian Marathon Championships. I’ve had my eye on this race for years! Now I finally have the guts to run it. Hopefully the next 10 or so weeks will have me toe the line fitter than I have ever been. Either way, it’ll be a journey.

Run Happy.