The build continues…….But where am I going with this?
I just completed week 16 of training. I was reviewing my training log to make sure everything is going as I hoped. I could definitely see my pattern through the weeks of build, build, rest and recovery, build, build, rest and recovery.
However, the build seems to be going slower than previous years. I began wondering, “How come my weekly mileage is only 26 miles? It seems like it’s taking forever to get to the 30 miles a week point.” I like getting to the point of running 30+ miles a week simply because I love the feeling of running that mileage. My body doesn’t complain and I feel like I have to put in some effort to get that point.
I was stuck on the slow build. So, I gave it some more thought. There are 2 things to take into consideration.
- I need to remember that I run fewer miles on the trail than on the road. Up until this point, my runs have been based on minutes, not miles.
- I wanted to compare last year’s numbers to this year’s. It turns out that I’m only a mile off of last year’s mileage at this point of training.
Bottom line……I need to be content with my progress.
I realized a few more things and came up with some questions (please comment if you can help me out)…….
I noticed that I never planned an A RACE. I didn’t plan one since this is more of a, “take it easy,” year. Do you always have to have an A RACE?
I also realized that I don’t really know when I’m supposed to peak? Suggestions???? Without a designated A race, which usually creates a natural time to peak, will I peak? I’d love someone to chime in and tell me. Otherwise, I’ll be researching this a bit more.
One thing I do know is that I’m getting ready to race again next weekend……yippee!
For you locals, it’s not too late to register:
I’m running the 10k. I’ll let you know how it goes.