THE CHANGING OF THE SEASONS
As with the cycle of daylight so goes the cycle of my running. I don’t know about you but for me longer days means longer and more intense runs and more mental/physical energy. As the daytime increases so does my intensity and drive. Coincidentally, the opposite happens as daytime hours decrease. As a relatively new, “getting back into the sport after taking a break to get married, buy a home, have kids, find a better job,” runner in the past I would fight this annual, natural cycle. I always lost. As I train more seriously for running and triathlon races over the past few years I realized I have to go with the flow. Literally, go with the flow of daytime daylight. In the spring I ramp up my running, by the late summer, early fall time I peak, then by late fall early winter I start to taper.
BENEFITS TO YOUR RUNNING REGIMENT
Doing this does a few things that can help you get ready for the next running season:
- You can still run races effectively (concentrate on shorter, local runs to support a local organization, church or charity you like)
- You can try new things (I try to hit the trails more and enjoy nature, helps with focus and high knees)
- You can work on your weaknesses (whether that’s hills, speed training, long runs, etc.) without messing up your training schedule
- You have more time for strength training, cross training, yoga and stretching (dear I say cycling and swimming too?)
- You can run for the fun of it, which helps get your mind un-focused and re-focused for the spring (running “just” for the “fun” of it, what’s that?)
I would love to hear your thoughts on your winter / off-season training and how you keep yourself motivated.
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