I can’t tell you how great it’s been to see faces to work out live with again – for running and boot camps in the park! I’m loving it.
What I’ve been thinking about this week is about making hard things easier. Sometimes, once we’ve gotten our heads around doing something hard, we seem to want to lean in and make it even harder on ourselves. We don’t have to do that. Many of us are just getting going on some bigger training which is ramping up. Let’s try to find ways to make the hard things as easy as possible. For example, if you’re exhausted and need extra sleep, don’t wake up at 5 am to do your run. If it’s the hottest day of the year, don’t rigidly stick to your plan and do your long run on that day anyway – move things around – don’t punish yourself! Work your routine so you can ride/run/swim with friends who help you laugh. One of my training buddies told me that her coach advised her to bring her favourite chocolate bar on her long rides – I love that advice. And don’t run fasted – that’s hard. Instead, eat yummy food before and after your workouts. Stop at water fountains. Bring your favourite sports drink. Buy the new shoes or shorts that are comfy and make you feel good. Whatever you can do to make the hard things easier, do that. This is not a toughness competition – it’s training for a specific thing. Being tired or uncomfortable or grumpy will not help you to do that thing. We are doing enough hard things already – instead of reveling in how hard they are, figure out how to make them feel easy – that’s the trick to long term sustainability!
Onto the hard-ish (but fun!) things for this week:
- Boston people, remember the downhills are just as important as the uphills. You want to come out of that first half with as little muscle damage and fatigue as possible. So let’s do this: half to 2/3 your usual number of hills but focus on going downhill a little more quickly and smoothly than usual. You won’t be as recovered going up, but that’s ok – the focus is on the blend. THEN finish with 3 x 5 min @ marathon race pace with 3 min easy.
- 5K people: do an equal number of full hills and half hills. Finish with 3-4 x flat fast strides.
- People who are camping and don’t have a hill: 6 x 2 min Hard, 1 min easy, 3 min easy, 3 x 5 min @ mara race pace w 3 min easy
Tempos are written on your plans.
Enjoy all and stay cool!!!!