A few months ago I took a mindfulness course. As part of it I was supposed to write a Gratitude Letter. This is a letter to someone who has had...
I am aware of the fact that I haven’t posted in a while. The truth is that I have nothing great to write about. I now realize that I’ve overdone it and am in a bit of an over-training slump. How did this happen??? I’ve been able to handle this volume and intensity before. The answer, I now realize reluctantly, is that I am under-recovering.
I need to do a bit less of this:
And a bit more of this:
(yes, he’s mine – and he never feels guilty about sleeping in)
This is a difficult concept to fully embrace when you want results and you’re motivated to work hard. I realize that I should have planned way more of a recovery block after my marathon in March and my attempted double-peak with the 30K two weeks later. Instead I just kept pushing and trying to build on my fitness. What manifested was weeks of so-so training with some days of great runs or workouts which would fool me into believing I was recovered with many days of fatigue and lack-luster workouts in between. Oh hindsight!
Here is a sample of some of the pages in my training log from the past month:
… you get the idea – there is a definite trend here.
I am obviously not to be trusted to be in charge of my own training schedule. Oh, I know completely the concept of rest and recovery, and always build it in to training plans I write for others. I, however, have not been working on a training cycle, rather the concept that I should run as hard and for as long as I can whenever I have the opportunity because my opportunities are so rare. Clearly this plan is not working.
My planned solution is to hire a coach who can oversee my training cycles and phases. One thing I do know about myself is that I’m very coach-able. If it’s written down I tend to do it. This is what was discouraging me from adhering to a formal plan, as I get very stressed if I can’t fit in something that has been planned. Running whenever it suits me works for me psychologically, but maybe not as well physically. So here we go … let’s hope for a more successful fall of racing!