The past year has been an amazing running journey. I have run more and further than I ever have. I have overcome obstacles, grown in my physical and mental strength, and checked off many running bucket list items. However, I firmly believe that my running and training should now take a new path. Not only running for fun, but also learning to run more efficiently.
The past month I have been running slow (for me). I am heart rate training and running at a specific pace within a specific heart rate zone. This is new for me. I have dabbled with it in the past, but I am determined to stick it out. Even if it is requiring me to be patient and have restraint with my desire to run faster. (Below is my ‘I’m not amused face’)
I believe my body was over trained and battling a chemical injury post CIM while I was training for the LA Marathon. My pace was slower than and my runs were a struggle. I finished and I completed the assigned plan, but not with gusto. I think my body was tired and over trained.
I do have races on the calendar, but will continue to run for fun… not for speed. Like I said earlier, this is a new journey for me. I am looking forward to the changes I will see and the challenge of listening to and learning from my body.
I am currently reading and studying Dr. Philip Maffetone’s book The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing. I am underlining and marking it up like I am studying for a big exam. I plan on sharing what I learned from his book over the course of the next few weeks… be prepared for your mind to be blown! I know my brain is!
I am in my second month of the MAF training method and I believe I am already seeing results. Yay! I will share with you my results after next month’s trial run (month 3). I am super excited to see where training based on my heart rate will take my running performance… and my overall health!
I am embracing that it is not how you start… but how you finish. I will finish strong!