Process Running: Rest Doesn’t Always Mean Not Running
July 23 2019 // Thick of Marathon Training
I am not training for a marathon. I want that clear. It’s the age old question us runners ask each other, “what are you training for?”
Currently I am training to be able to train with friends. It’s that simple.
I sometimes struggle with the answer to this question, but have decided on this response. JE is training for well under three hours in Berlin, and I am merely wanting to get fit enough to help her through some of the heavy lifting in her training plan.
So effectively I am marathon training, but a few weeks out from the big dance, my plan is to cut loose and sharpen for the High Street Mile here in Edmonton, AB.
As luck would have it, I met a local mile coach on my run yesterday too. Perfect.
Needless to say, things are getting heavy in the old training schedule with 30 KM+ runs on the weekend, and 12 KM+ chunks of work a couple times a week, all held together by 100 KM+ weeks.
This is what I’ve been building my body for over the last two years. This is me getting to play with what I’ve built.
This spring I got it in my head I wanted to run a fast mile, so I put a plan together, but executed it too well getting far faster than my body could handle.
Too much intensity. Too soon.
Some niggles creeped in and I had to pull the plug on an all out attack on a five minute mile. This marathon silliness will be a nice “rest” for the body, and hopefully stretch out some of that speed I built.
Just four 75 second quarters...just...
As I dial back speed, and let my body recover from the intensity of mile paces, JE starts marathon training. So here we are, six weeks in and I just noticed something I am extremely proud of. I’ve managed to take two days a week off for all but one week so far.
That is something I determined would be necessary to manage my body at this level of intensity, and so far it is working. I feel better than I have in weeks, and we are getting into the thick of it.
So let this be the lesson…rest. That doesn’t necessarily mean time off. It just means taking things down to a level of letting your body heal after large builds sometimes. Sure, I could have pushed through in the spring and attempted my race, but would I be six weeks into a marathon cycle feeling better than ever?