The switch to daylight savings yesterday was a welcomed change. It made only one hour’s difference but it allowed me to sleep a little longer on Sunday and still get out early for a long run. The whole day seemed longer, as did the entire weekend. This morning the train station was no longer swathed in darkness like it had been over the past few weeks. I only wish it was this light out at 4:00 AM.
Yesterday’s run was plenty tough for me and I’m seriously reconsidering my plan to run a 10K race next Sunday. For no single reason, I’ve been off my athletic game over the last month and have not run particularly long distances on weekends. I usually cover 10-12 miles on weekends, but that average has dropped 30% since September.
I’m going to think about whether to run the Hope for the Warriors 10K or use next weekend to help me prepare better for the 11/20 Long Beach Turkey Trot. I may have disadvantaged myself yesterday by not refueling during the run that took over 70 minutes and that could account for my near bonk. I’ll make a decision today so I can know how to conduct this week’s training.
There was an interesting article in yesterday’s NY Times about Lauren Fleshman, a 5,000 meter champion, who ran the NYC Marathon to help improve her short distance competitiveness. She talks about the need to change up training to achieve significant progress. I liked this quote: “At 30, I’m not going to get dramatically better doing the same thing.” It made me think about my own training and what I really can expect to get out of the workouts I do, week after week.