So I have been remaining active! I have been running less but walking much more. I do plan on increasing running miles significantly, though! Today we finally sustained a freeze...it got down to 29 degrees but the day is really beautiful! I am a big time believer in hill work, especially in the beginning of a new phase. So I added just a "wee" bit of distance and one extra repeat to my workout today. The total elevation gain over the 2/10ths repeat is now 130+ feet or 13 stories! This is a steep little booger! I did 7 reps at an easy effort, I will gradually build the degree of difficulty.
I was thinking about training as I ran up this sweet little trail, how we bust our tails in extended training programs and often fall short of our goals. I began asking questions...." a prudent question is one half of wisdom" Sir Frances Bacon, why does a marathon schedule need to be so long? Why do I feel relegated to adhere to traditional training regimes? Would a person be able to train effectively in shorter cycles?
I likened training to how a spring works, think about it, it is pressed down and stores energy waiting to be released, if a spring is stretched it is of no value....lack of training, so there needs to be a balance of continuous pressure, ie-continuous training but not overkill, what happens to a spring that's overloaded? It cannot function properly, ie-too much training.
So my theory is have a solid, enjoyable base of weekly miles, that which you'd run regardless of any goals etc. Then, off of that base build to a race using shorter segments, press the spring and release the spring!
I think I will try this theory. Since I've lost the base I expect it to take me 3-4 weeks to get back where I could launch into a nine to ten week program. Throwing everything out the window! No long tapers! No distance goals that can be ruined by nearly anything! A confident pressing and a successful explosion!
Hills are essential! They build strength and burn tremendous amounts of fat!
So I will search for a marathon to shoot for! Peace!
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