Monday, October 10, 2011
My body is telling me that it simply isn't ready to be a long distance runner at the moment. It seems spacing out longish runs isn't enough to keep them going in my 'training'. I'm finding I'm not really recovering and so can't do much else. After much angst I must bite the bullet and walk away from long runs (anything over 8 km) for the next few months. I can generally handle 20-30 mins before the fatigue and pain become too unpleasant. I can also handle some short sharp intervals if I don't do much else with them. To not go totally insane, the new 'training' plan will be all short stuff with some hill reps and other reps for variety. I'll try the odd 800m (yuck!) and 1500m at the track and even more yuck! will switch to the Frylink Series at the monthly ACTVAC handicap. The good thing is that by going short, I can run more frequently, which means I get to go out at lunch time, the big bonus of living and working in Canberra. It's all about being adaptable. The down side is I can't eat as much when I'm not doing the miles, bummer! Ah well, let's see how long the body will accept Plan B until it forces me into a Plan C.