Marginally Less Crazy

Just Keep Moving

Well, I followed my own advice and kept last week marginally less crazy. Only marginally. Even though I did a pretty good job of keeping my own stuff under control (aside from being sick for a few days), it seemed like lots of stuff went crazy around me.

We had rain on Friday night, and I wasn’t entirely sure that it was going to let up in time for our Saturday run. I haven’t really felt up to running much since the half marathon, but I have felt an almost crazed need to do something.

In the 75 minutes that we’d allotted for the weekly run, we each juggled calls, emails and texts about the weather-cancelled baseball games; she tried to figure out if her daughter was really sick at her dad’s house (what turned out to be a full-on stomach bug; ouch!), and we traded advice and stories more than we actually ran.

Know what? That’s ok this week.

As much as I needed to get out there and move, I didn’t necessarily need to run. That was enough.

In other news, as you’ve probably read here, I’ve been trying to figure out why our January through March runs were so relatively easy for me. Maybe it’s the eating (oh, that would be awesome if it could really be the eating). But last night, I was reading a Kindle preview of 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower, and stumbled across this quote:

As contradictory as it may seem, the secret to becoming a speedier runner is going slow most of the time. The key difference between runners who realize their full potential and those who fall short is the amount of slow running that each group does. Recent analyses of the world’s best runners— the first studies to rigorously assess how these athletes really train— have revealed that they spend about four- fifths of their total training time below the ventilatory threshold (VT), or running slow enough to carry on a conversation. New research also suggests that nonelite runners in the “recreationally competitive” category improve most rapidly when they take it easy in training more often than not[Emphasis mine.]

This is really interesting to me. I realized that we didn’t really push our training runs. We walked the uphills and ran the downhills because really, who wants to run the uphills? We always moved at a conversationally friendly pace. And unlike the Team in Training runs — often 45-60 minutes away from home — I didn’t feel like I had to rush through to get home and get my day started at a reasonable hour. Maybe there’s something to that. I certainly felt a lot stronger and more capable when I wasn’t worried about timing or pace. Here’s a summary of the book from a 2014 Runners World article.

Regardless of your pace or intensity, here’s hoping that we all have a good week.


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