Hope everyone is enjoying the awesome Fall weather we’re getting – whether you’re running, walking or sitting on a bench, now is the perfect time to enjoy being outside!
My thoughts this week have been centered around recharging. Many of our schedules have shifted dramatically over the past few weeks to having with many more demands on our time and energy. That’s fine – many of us were waiting for this – but it’s so important not to forget to take care of your own energy levels. I find the art of listening to your body to be very helpful. Our minds can get into fast forward and become good at blocking things out, but our bodies are very smart. They know when we need to slow down and give us little signals which become increasingly loud if we’re not good at paying attention. The best athletes I know are the best at this art form. They are fine to sit out a workout or take a few more rest days if that’s what their bodies are telling them. I’m not sure if it’s the best athletes who are able to do this because they have the confidence to do it, or if they’ve become great because they do this. Either way, I have noticed the correlation. People who are able to charge the hardest are also able to re-charge the hardest. And since there is no perfect formula to rest/recovery for everyone in every circumstance, we have to become masters at reading the signals from our bodies. So that’s just my little note as things ramp up and we get busier and possibly more stressed – keep a sensitive ear to what your body is telling you – it’s on your side!
On to workouts for this week:
- 1 mile, 2 x 800, 4 x 400, 4 x 200 – 2 minutes between everything (yes, that’s not a ton of time between the mile and 8’s but that will keep those paces as they should be – comfortably hard. It will feel like a long time between 200’s which will allow you to get some good turnover in)
- Fartlek style! 7 min, 2x 3 min, 4 x 1:30, 4 x 30 all w 2 min rec
- Tempo: 2 x 12, 1 x 6 min all w 2-3 min rec