Well is has been a busy four weeks since my last journal post…
My training for long runs have stretched out to over three hours as the distances extended from 24 km to 30+ km. Sadly I find that after I am done that distance I am mostly useless to do anything requiring strength and energy.
Unfortunately this is now just bad timing, as kids go back to school and the leaves on the trees start changing color.. it all signals yet another cycle of change for everyone.
Winter is coming! (No this is not a plug for “Game of Thrones”) 😉
For those of us living in the country it means the fall chores are starting to pile up and the days are getting shorter, so there is less time to get them done.
I need to cut, split and pile 10 cord of wood, the shed needs the new cedar shingles put on (now that I finally got the new rail system and door installed), Tropical Storm Arthur didn’t leave us unmolested and I need to repair the roof on one of the verandas that a 60 ft maple decided to rest on.. on and on…
then add insult to injury .. include the equally as important racing schedule! I still have three more half Marathons coming up leading into my Full Marathon.. all this will end my 2014 running in late October. Welllll…. unless I agree to run the 50 km ultra marathon in November for charity **Undecided**
SO now it feels like I am out running all weekend and then I’m too spent after the run to do any real work. Sigh there are only so many hours in a day.
**NOTE: Bright spot in this dismal story – I must say however I am VERY fortunate that my wife runs with me so she fully understands my need to run and also just how little reserve there is remaining after a 2400+ Cal depleting run.
Still.. that won’t keep the house warm this winter
This dilemma had me scratching my head on how to still get the long runs in (to train those slow twitch muscles) but also have a little reserve when I got home, so I can start checking off some of these must do chores during the weekend.
I decided to give the 10/1 long run pattern a try. In other words you run for ten minutes and walk for one. I really didn’t think I would like this for a few reasons. First off was my ego… ahhh the “E G O” .. I couldn’t help but think “if I was a real runner I wouldn’t NEED to run/walk“. The second real concern was based on my past running experience. When I ran half marathons in the past, if I stopped to walk towards the end, I would have a REALLY hard time getting my pace back. My body would just give up and the head verses body argument would be loss.
I’m still a somewhat weak minded runner.. I have been training as hard on how to think during my runs lately, as much as I train my body on how to run. I have read and now completely agree…
“Endurance running is more about what is in the head than in the body”
In the end I decided to try the 10/1 and just hope no one saw me (just kidding) .. in the hopes I would still have energy left after the long runs.. the verdict…
It was amazing.. I loved the 10/1!!
I was shocked how much actually. It worked very well for me…I even timed my nutrition and hydration during my one minute walk cycle. Worked so well I am to the point where I might just run/walk my first marathon in October.
The other hidden benefit to the run/walk is the faster pace during the run cycle. I was having a hard time keeping the slower pace, my stride and cadence was impacted so drastically from my usual run pace it caused muscle fatigue in place I never fatigued before. The strain moved from my calves to my upper legs, this was new for me as it really takes something to upset my upper legs (they are large and even hill training hasn’t tweak them). I guess this is all good as it is working muscles I don’t usually work that hard but I still preferred the slightly quicker pace I can get doing the Run/Walk.
So the moral of the story is it worked for me and I will likely run/walk the rest of my long run training this season as I move towards October 26th my first full marathon.