Ok, I’m not using the word “EVER” because I have my eye a couple next year (shhhhh..). But, for the first summer in three years, I am not training for a full marathon. And guess what? I am SOOOO happy with that decision.
Obviously not having to wake up at 3am to run a million miles before the thermometer hits triple digit is pretty fabulous. Really, its F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S. Why, oh why did I train through the Texas summer so many times? High fives to those of you that thrive on that kind of stuff, but for me I’ve finally learned it makes more sense to focus on shorter distance during the summer and train long during the fall and winter.
See, I can learn from my past.
Also, I’ve spent the last few years stuck in a vicious cycle that went something like this: train train train during a billion degree weather, get up to 18-20 miler,get injured, take FOREVER off, find a race that I *have* to run, cram too much training in without a solid base, get injured. Repeat.
And each time it’s harder and harder to return to running from the injuries because, well-it’s discouraging. Ahhhh…but this summer is different. I’ve been running short distances and focusing on picking up speed. I know when it comes time to run longer the faster pace will hopefully translate to less overuse injuries. Less time on my feet is a good thing.
I ROCKED my “Short Run Saturday”, 4 miles with the last one, the fastest in 8:30. (Ok,that may not be speedy for YOU,but is fabulous for me)
Do you know what felt almost as good as a speedy run? Sleeping in until 10am. Yep, shorter distances = more sleep.
Life is good.