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Resolute Running Training Center, running coach, marathon training, Birmingham, Alabama Alex Morrow

I just wrapped up my 6th week with Resolute Running and Coach Alex, and I wanted to catch everyone up on my thoughts:

Resolute Running Training Center, running coach, marathon training, Birmingham, Alabama Alex Morrow

I’m learning to trust the plan!

  • It’s easier to run slowI balked at first when my long run paces were at 10+ minutes/mile. But after a few runs where I had zero soreness, fatigue, or bonks, I became a believer in training slow, racing fast
Resolute Running Training Center, running coach, marathon training, Birmingham, Alabama Alex Morrow

This picture perfectly captured how I felt during this weekend’s 20 miler

  • Long runs are easierSpeaking of long runs, they’ve never felt better. Ann, another Resolute coach, commented on Saturday that I was too cheerful and energetic to have just run 20 miles. It’s because I felt like a million bucks!
Resolute Running Training Center, running coach, marathon training, Birmingham, Alabama Alex Morrow

A few months ago I had never run faster than a 7:40 mile. Now I do 7:20 mile repeats like it’s nothing. And yes I was sitting because I was tired.

  • Speedwork is my friendI’m kind of hooked on speedwork. I love the feel of the track, the sun rising over the racing runners, the moment when you’re positive your lungs will explodebut don’t
  • Running the workouts = getting lean—I can’t say for sure, but I’m feeling leaner, which means I should be running more efficiently. My legs feel more muscular, and my abs peek out every now and then from behind their insulating layer of skin
Resolute Running Training Center, running coach, marathon training, Birmingham, Alabama Alex Morrow

Post-long run foam roll session at Resolute

  • I heart foam rolling—Y’all. I really enjoy the pain that foam rolling brings. Does that make me a masochist?
  • Stick to the schedule—the first few weeks I followed the plan to a T, like the 4.0 student I was (heyI worked for it, so I get bragging rights). Then I started to get sloppy and watched my pace less closely, rearranged my running days, ran more miles than prescribed. I thought I was flying safely under the radar. NopeCoach Alex is always watching

So that’s it in a tiny nutshell. Now the goal is to get better at following the plan so that I can keep feeling this awesome all through busy fall racing season. I’m dying to race a 5K or 10K to gauge my current fitness level, because I’ve never felt stronger. The Resolute team is running a 5K next weekend, but it’s also the same day as the free Birmingham Track Club trail race and I want to go play in some dirt!