So, I had a takeaway from my last blog. That was to determine at this point in my evolution what needs to change. The idea is I have reached some milestone in this running phase of life, have determined that I will continue on, and that to continue to make marked improvement the "same old same old" probably is inadequate. So, my thoughts were to take time and lay out some tweeks to my current training regiment to continue to make strides towards improved raceday times.
Last night was my regularly scheduled swim jog outing. So much for new ideas. But, I'd not tackled "The Change" as of yet. I am particularly sore after Sunday's 5K effort, particularly in the left calf area, less so on the right. Quads are pretty sore as well. Mental note - that's what to be expected from giving it your all, great conditioning or not. So, off to the pool. Did my hour and then some, but didn't feel I had the energy to push the cadence much above 100. Focused a little more on the 2 initial warm up phases.
Then, on the way out of the Y it hit me like a ton of bricks. I knew what needed to change!
That's it, attitiude. Plain and simple. I have conveniently lulled myself into this idea that my conditioning, and speed training (maybe to a lesser extent), and the whole thing is getting close to my peak potential at one week shy of my 47th birthday. I've bought into the conventional wisdom of the idiot sports doctor, myself, and pretty much everyone else that, "you're not 20 anymore". No, I'm not 20 anymore. But, I am 47. I think settling in to that wisdom as gospel, and accept the underlying notion that my body at this age can't continue to change and adapt to still greater amounts of training is just plain wrong. Why would this be all that it can handle where I'm at now? It has started to adapt to this level of training with less overall pain, and incrementally greater levels of performance. Why does that mean I'm near the top? Indeed, my attitude is the problem. I need to toss that wisdom out the window and start over from here.
So, running in the end is putting one foot in front of the other. Nothing more, nothing less. Improved raceday running performance comes primarily from increased amounts of running in the training space. That's really what needs to change. More miles, more days, more speed work. The trick is going to be how to mix in all these "mores" without falling back into the same injury cycle I've just barely seemed to pull myself out of, and that having never really been complete. Also, to be honest, I'm not really sure how much increased mileage I could expect to get from an every other day routine. This will be the trick. I'm over 8 as it stands now, more likely close to 9. I can't believe taking my average every other day mileage to 11-12 miles an outing is the answer. Somehow, someway, I'm convinced I need to start trying to mix in running more on days at this point which have been "off days", "recovery days". In other words, the days I've determined are required to fully recover from my running workouts.
This will be tricky. I'm a little leary of it. Perhaps its just my mind having accepted the idea that if I were a Kenyan without a car and had to run to wawa to get milk I'd be Olympic caliber.
Just like starting over. This should be interesting.