I’ve not run for 5 days now and while my chest is getting better a sneeze this morning confirmed that there is still some way to go. I’m finding it really strange not running after averaging 50mile or so a week since the turn of the year. Normally when I wake up one of my first thoughts is when am I running today and I plan things around that.
I’m in two minds now what to do between now and the Hardmoors race in 9 days time. One side says I must have at least 2-3 runs to make sure I’ve not forgotten how to run and get the legs ticking over and the heart pumping.
But the other side of me says this might the perfect opportunity to try a two week ‘no run at all’ taper and see how it feels. I know of other friends who have done this and they have found it works. I wouldn’t normally be brave enough to try it but since I’m trying to allow my chest to fully recover why not go the whole way and not run at all for the next 9 days which would be 13 days in total. Just writing that down makes me shiver.
The last time I didn’t run for two whole weeks was when I hurt my foot in Sept 08 and that wasn’t by choice.
So I’m still undecided – a few easy runs from Friday to Thursday or nothing at all????
While I’ve not been running I’ve still been thinking about it and I spent a very happy hour or two the other night going over my plans for the Hardmoors 55 mile race. I’ve come up with a 10hr 30min and an 11hr schedule.
This is based on my run over this section in the Hardmoors 110 mile race in September 2009 and what I feel is reasonable/challenging for now. The route is slightly different so I’ve tried to amend it a bit. I’m basing the distances on the official rouote we’ve been given so it will be interesting to see how accurate they are.
I always like to have something to base my race on. So when I start the race all I’m focusing on is getting to Sutton Bank after 9miles in 1hr 35mins at 10.33 pace. Then once there I can focus on the next one and hey ho I eventually arrive at the finish hopefully inside my target time. If I am going quicker that’s great and if not I can readjust on the way. There is plenty of time to think and replan on the way.
Other runners have very different tactics. The opposite to me would be those who run without a watch and just go as they feel without any splits in mind at all. I keep thinking I ought to try that one day but I’m not sure if I could. Maybe one day??
That’s one of the fun things about running though – there is no one right way. We all work out what’s best for us. I think a lot depends on your character and personality. I like to be an organised and a goal orientated person and I think my running reflects that. Whereas others would be more ‘go with the flow type’ and their running reflects that to.
I wonder if any see the way they run as totally different to the way they live their lives in general?
Anyway for those interested in my schedules …..
My ‘Guess my Time’ competition has now 15 entries ranging from a very, very, very optimistic 8hrs 35mins 00secs (I think the winner will do well to beat that!) to a conservative 12hrs 13mins 00secs. So almost a 4hr window.
If you want to enter you have until 6pm Thursday 18th March to send in your guess.