FINALLY getting to this…
You probably noticed in my posts over the past month or so that life has been hectic, its hot as hell in the South and I have another big commitment with TNT. Where does all of this leave me with the RLRF program?
I find/found it very hard to hit my time goals outside in this heat.
I am fine on the treadmill for the speed work. I actually don’t mind that as much. The tempo and long runs have been okay- I just struggle with beating myself up over missing a goal run by a few seconds (thank you Type A personality). I think doing this program would be easier when it is cool out.
I enjoy just “running”
I don’t like being “told” how fast to I need to run EVERY single time I lace up my shoes. I felt/feel like I am staring at my Garmin during the entire run. THAT is not fun. There are days where I just want to run 4, or 6, or 8 for a de-stresser.
I like running with my friends
I have made some of my dearest friends from my running groups. I don’t want to give up our weekend runs just to hit a time goal. I am one of those people that love a group run. I am the only one in the group that trains this seriously (by that I mean a strict timed program) and none of my friends want to run at my pace.
I am Captain for the TNT Disney Team
I knew the time would come for me to adjust my training when we started training for the Goofy Challenge. Soon I will be running at least 4 days a week (against RLRF program) and I will need to attend the TNT track workouts that we have every other Tuesday. I will also be running different paces with different runners and the runs won’t be about my personal goals-they will be about someone else.
I am okay with all of this. I have come up with a plan….
Each week will have to be modified. This week is a perfect example. I rested my legs after an an intense 1/2 marathon, a 18 mile/4 mile back to back run last Friday/Saturday, 2 personal training sessions and a 1/2 this upcoming weekend. No reason to kill myself. I ran at a recovery pace this week. Next week I will work on speed and tempo again but probably not kill myself for time on the long run.
I am not quitting, just making adjustments. I am just going to do what I can do for RLRF. I want to still have FUN when I run. Not feel like a slave to the garmin or running alone. I do think it has made a difference in my speed. I hadn’t had a sub 1:50 race since February 2010. I still hope to break 4 hours at Wineglass Marathon in October. My plan is to look back into a strict, intense following (because it is REALLY intense) of RLRF when I have more time to focus on it. Most likely in the winter/spring after Goofy is over. It will be cooler, I will be settled in my new place and I won’t have TNT commitments.