Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Our household is full of sickly people. Springtime hurry up and get here! Yesterday's skipped run came close to a skipped day of work, but I made it, a bit late but I'll blame that on the snow we got last night
Yesterday, I was talking with a coworker (He's run 5 Marine Corps Marathons!) about my marathon training and the run/walk method. He made an interesting remark that got me thinking. You know the "Zone" when you completely forget that you're running and your mind is off in La-La Land? I don't think I've ever experienced it during a run/walk. I'm constantly thinking about my next transition and how much time is left. Yeah, it's great for injury prevention, and yeah it occupies my mind making the time go by faster "only 30 more seconds and I get to walk" but it does make for less of a transcendental experience.
I recall from my previous running life those times when the run was just perfect. Like I was floating along instead of pounding pavement. No intervals, no counting down to the next transition. I was just out there. Doing it. I miss that.
Over the last few weeks I've been thinking about my goals for 2011 and what I want out of running. I've also been thinking about my run/walks, their benefits, and the drawbacks. I've come to the conclusion I'd like to start bringing back straight running into my life. That doesn't mean I'm done with the run/walk method, far from it. It's a great method and has helped a tremendous amount of people get into running that otherwise wouldn't, and most of all it helps keep people injury free. I would just like to reintegrate full running as part of my overall running plans.
After my marathon in March, I'm going to pull back on my distances and start working on speed. Along with this, I'm going to work on extending run times out to a gradual goal of running my 5K races straight. Anything above 5K will be a run/walk.
I'm hoping this will provide me with the best of both worlds. We'll see.
When was the last time you were in "the zone"?