The Gertrude Conundrum
So I sit here as Storm Gertrude batters our wee island. I still don’t get the give storms fluffy names theory but I’ll go with it. In the winter we’re used to Winter storms 70mph winds happen on a frequent basis. At present according to local weather stations we’re getting 80mph gusts with average 50/60mph mean speeds which will increase late morning. In this media age there seems to be a lot more media attention to these storms. We’re used to them here it’s nothing unusual it does however cause issues for us endurance runners unless we wish to take flying lessons.
I had 25k planned today so that’s a couple of hours running and in reality and being sensible it’s not going to happen. I may see if I can fit a 5k in later when the main part of the storm passes by. Yesterday I was looking at my mileage (well actually kilometreage) from last year on Strava. I ran around 3100km which isn’t too bad. So the question is why at the beginning of this year is my pace slower than last year? Consistency that’s the word that comes to mind. Consistency is defined as ‘‘. Looking back at last year I had periods of good consistent kilometreage (I will get that word in the dictionary!!) but I had other times that were hap hazard. Even the 6 weeks I had off due to a stress fracture instead of doing things I could have done more of like swimming my input was minimal. The other issue looking at the stats I had been pushing too hard too soon which could explain the periods where my consistency faded.
There are many day to day things that can affect your day to day running. One of the annoying thing about today’s storm is it follows a day I had to have off due to my responsibilities to my Wife. As some of you know she is ill and disabled so Wednesday night, Thursday morning I was up every 2 hours due to her having a very bad night. So I had to take the decision that losing one day of running was going to do more long term harm to me rather than trying to get enough rest.
So what have I done to combat the ‘C’ issue this year? I either heard or read something over the past few weeks that almost summed it up. I wish I could remember when but an elite athlete was saying don’t train for one event. Sounds counter intuitive doesn’t it? What he was trying to say was keep everything consistent throughout the year and don’t have your focus on just one thing focus on the whole. This doesn’t mean you don’t aim to peak at certain points just that you also look at the whole picture. This was my issue last year I focussed on one thing and when that didn’t go as planned the rest of my year was random at best. I have some goals and races that are my focus for the year bt my main aim is consistency, improvement and overall to have fun.
So today when my planned running is reduced I have gone for the alternative I will hit the Pool for a second swim session of the week and hopefully get a few kilometres in later when/if the storm passes. That is my key this year don’t let unplanned issues totally derail you. There are always other options and don’t be afraid to slow down a repeat training weeks if needed.