Wednesday, July 30, 2014

07/29/2014 3.4 mile run, fresh legs again!

For the first time in a week and a couple days, I went for a run. It was a 3.4 mile run and I meant for it to simply be a jog to stretch out the legs and just enjoy not being sore from the Running with the Devil.

After the first mile. I just fell into a solid rhythm and ended up finishing the 3.4 mile in about 25:30. That's a pretty good clip and I felt great. The legs are fresh and it was fun to be out there again.

On a side note, after destroying myself on that mountain, the rolling hills of my run seemed inconsequential. My leg turnover and strength were unaffected by the hills, just like last year. 

I look forward to ramping up my fitness and my speed to see what I can do this fall.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

07/27/2014 The week off and the end of 2014 old man softball

It has been 8 days since the Running with the Devil.  I am now fully rested and ready to resume running.  Except for a couple final games of old man softball for the season, I have simply not done anything.  

It used to stress me out taking a week or whatever off.  Now that I am confident about my internal motivation for running, I actually thrive on taking a little time off.  After not running for the last week, I am itching to go tomorrow and get back after it.  I cannot wait to lace up and get out.  

I do recognize the need for a rest sometimes though and absolutely believe I just made myself stronger by taking a week off.  Coming off the race, it was nice to reflect on my performance and have some internal satisfaction.  

However, that is short-lived and I am now itching to move on.  I am also focused on trying to get over the hump of my performance goals.  I just finished up a 4th place last week, I had a 3rd place in a 5K in the fall of 2013, and an 11th place last summer in a 5K.  My goal now is to bear down, tweak a couple things, and see if I can really put an awesome run together.  I am currently assessing my training and relevant information to see what I can do better.  Right off the bat, I would say tightening up my nutrition would be a big step for me.  

I will formulate list and plan accordingly in the coming days.