I just wrapped up my 6th week with Resolute Running and Coach Alex, and I wanted to catch everyone up on my thoughts:
- It’s easier to run slow—I 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
- Long runs are easier—Speaking 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!
- Speedwork is my friend—I’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 explode—but 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
- 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 (hey—I 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. Nope—Coach 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!