Yesterday I made to the Oval late as usual for a Thursday. The mom-taxi schedule just hasn’t worked out that kink yet. Gabino was still there, wrapping up some interviewing he’d been doing with the Dinos. He had 4 minutes of tape left, if I had a little time to answer a question or two. We talked a little bit about the mind-set of back-of-pack racers versus faster ones, and competition-based relationships.
Then he asked a question I couldn’t finish answering on tape, but it got me thinking. The question went something like, “You’re in maintenance mode in your training right now. Do you expect to train harder in the new year for some big goals, and if so, how?” (not verbatim; I can’t remember the exact words). I chewed on it overnight and here’s what I came up with, as I e-mailed to him this morning:
Next time you’ll have to bring more tape. Darnit, I think I was having a GREAT hair day yesterday.
You asked a question about maintenance mode and training harder, which probably gave me a look of befuddlement as I thought about my answer. The answer to that question is not a short one at all.
I realize the Roadrunners’ 10k training cycle and many of THEM are in maintenance mode, but personally, I’m building base for next spring already. I’ve been in maintenance mode forever. This last 5 months is the first time in 3 years that I’ve done speed and hill work this consistently. For a few winters I trained at Gord’s on Tuesdays – mostly with beginning Penguins, no speed work, occasional hills. And I did random hill repeats on my own. Last January – April I showed up on Wednesdays for hills and very random speed repeats with the Running Room, and kind of did some 5ks around the neighbourhood on Mondays on my own. I hardly did any speed work during marathon training in 06.
I’m playing catch-up right now, and shooting for a 10k PB sometime in May/June (not St. Pat’s. I’m so sick of trying to PB on that course). I’m not expecting the spring Tues/Thursday workouts to FEEL much harder, as long as I can stay consistent this winter. I’ll be accomplishing more and doing better, but not necessarily training very much HARDER than I am now.
The difference my the spring/summer training will be LONGER, not more intense. The weekend runs will be making all the difference, as long as I continue the speed/hills cycles with the 10k group. I have to work the weekend long runs firmly into the schedule and stop letting them bore/intimidate me. I need to find a way to make them something to look forward to. That’s my training challenge for 08.
Hey, thanks for asking such a theraputic question! Hope I didn’t bore you with my answer. Gabino? You can wake up now…
What do you think, oh great blog readers? Is that answer true? How do I make those longer workouts more attractive to myself next year? Should I train harder, AND longer? Go ahead, find that commenty box below and fill it in.