Be a Seeker
Science is all about data and theories. You collect data and from that data you try to answer a question. Frequently the data wont give you the answer but it will tell what the answer isn’t. Data can appear in many forms from how you feel to your time/distance and Pace. I’ve not had a good week running wise. I’ve felt run down and just unable to channel my inner Olympian. We all have weeks/runs like this. It was rounded off today with 10.5 miles of Meh. It didn’t feel good I was meant to be running around 16 miles but when I got to around the 9 mile mark even my stomach wanted to rebel. This was the final sign that I needed to call it a day.
To quote Baldrick ‘I have a Cunning Plan’ well it’s a plan but I’m not really sure how cunning it is. I have goals for next year pencilled in my brain. Runs I want to do and maybe the odd race so this Winter is about enjoying Winter running (which I do) and setting a base up to springboard for next year. So I’m keeping my endurance base up due to the shortened days though my longest runs will only be between 15 and 20 miles. I also want to build some speed work in so as well as some intervals I will/am doing Tempo runs and speed work in some of the long runs. I also am keeping my ever faithful hill repeats in there. On top of this I’m swimming 1 or 2 times a week. It sounds a lot when you write it down but I obviously don’t do them all every week but keep a regular rotation of the speed sessions in. I also over the winter need to shift a few more pounds in weight which helpfully will make me run faster (as less mass to move)
Anyway over the past weeks I’ve been pretty consistent in my running hitting my speed sessions and averaging my planned 45/50 miles a week that was until this week when I’ve felt ‘off’. The thing is you will always get weeks like this but the thing is to take this ‘data‘ from your off week and apply what you have learnt about yourself so you can Seek out the best in your running and in yourself. So what I have learned is I need to build in lighter weeks (probably every 4) so that I can take advantage of recovery before my brain or body force the decision on me. Pushing yourself is good but recovery both mentally and physically is just as important.
So after this week I’m looking forward to a better week and off the ‘Seek’ some more data..