The past couple days I’ve been speeding. Not the driving in the car kind of speeding, but the running faster than I normally do kind of speeding on my easy runs.
I’m uncertain of the exact reason behind my speedy running, but I have a couple speculations…
- I’ve been increasing my weekly mileage, so my body is getting used to higher intensity running.
- My legs are getting stronger from lifting, squatting, lunging and all that other good stuff that I usually ignore.
- I’m getting bored running at a super easy pace for an extended period of time.
- I’m trying to become a Team New Balance runner (that’s not going to happen, but I can pretend, right?)
- I imagine that Emma Coburn and Cory McGee (current female running obsessions) are running next to me and I have to keep up with them or I’ll look silly.
- I’m fueling my body better by eating a meal with a good amount of carbs about 2-3 hours before I head out.
- I’m refilling my water bottle all day long to stay hydrated and drinking a Gatorade to refuel after every run.
- I feel accomplished when I log faster mile splits.
- A COMBINATION OF 1-8
I’m typically not a speedster, so seeing some faster splits my Garmin is pretty exciting. I’m also super excited about my increase in speed because that means my training has been effective. It feels so good to see some results of my hard, sweaty work. I’ve been so proud of myself that I text Tom my splits before I even get in the door. I try to impress him and prove that I can keep up with him when we run together, which never happens…
While I am so thrilled to be running faster, I know I can’t get too overzealous. Whenever I’m feeling this good, I tend to push myself a little too hard. Of course, that leads to injuries, which leads to time off running. I definitely don’t want that to happen!! I might lose my tiny bit of sanity if I have to stop running for a while.
Therefore, I am TRYING MY BEST to be smart. XT and rest days aren’t always my favorite, especially if I don’t feel like I need one, but I know they are essential to staying healthy. My body can usually handle 3-4 consecutive days of running before an XT/rest day. Yesterday was my 4th day in a row running, so today will be an XT day. Instead of dreading my indoor bike workout (I haven’t got my new bike yet!), I’ve been constantly reminding myself that biking for 1 day is going to feel WAY better than struggling through a run. I’ve also been getting sore and having to stop mid-run to stretch, so that’s just another sign that I need to recover. BONUS: I will get to spend some quality time with Isabella and Gabe, my rolling stick.
You better believe I brought Gabe to work.
I’m starting the “getting pumped for my XT day” ritual by eating some juicy fruit, stuffing my face with peanut butter toast and telling myself that today is going to be a good day!!!
How do you feel about XT-ing/taking rest days???