TITLE: The Body Adapts Slowly, Especially Now
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: May 21, 2009 5:58 AM
that I successfully completed five AM runs last week.
That is my standard schedule, except when I stick in
a sixth morning run during the heaviest stage of marathon
training. But after low mileage for so many months,
five runs in a week
feels like an accomplishment.
To make the accomplishment even greater, I added a
mid-week 5-miler. What's the big deal? My standard
five-day schedule is 5-8-5-8 on Tuesday through
Thursday, with speed workouts on Friday and maybe
Wednesday, and ≥ 12 miles on Sunday. But after
those down months, I started back in February by
doing mostly 3s, with an occasional 5 thrown in for
an afternoon or evening run just before running the
500 Festival half.
I had planned to add a second 5-miler this week. I
figured I'd do them on Tuesday and Thursday, because
I have important meetings on Wednesday and Fridays
for the next couple of week. It seemed like a good
idea to take it easier on those days, so that if the
extra miles led to a down day, I'd be down on days
that mattered less.
Indeed, it was a very good idea. But Tuesday's run
felt so good... Impatience rose up. I ran a second
5-miler on Wednesday and again felt good, so I ran
a little faster. Afterwards, I still felt good --
until about 8:00 AM. (Remember, I start early.)
I felt progressively worse as time passed, and in
the end the run killed my day.
You would think that, after health problems had
affected my running for over a year, I would be more
patient. But it's hard not to get excited, and I
gave in to temptation. Impatience exacted its price.
I'll do better from now on, at least until the next
time I succumb. I will script my runs for the next
few weeks -- and stick to the plan. Another bright
line "Thou shalt not..." is what I need right now.
All that said, I am hopeful that with patience I'll
be able to get back to my standard schedule within
a couple of months. If I do, I am entertaining the
idea of taking on a race in the fall.