In Training vs Just Running
Sometimes we get things confused and in training versus just running is one that usually bites me square in the arse.
What do you mean Harold? Aren’t they the same thing?
You get out and pound the pavement a lot.
Errrr not really.
In my mind when I am in training, it is to accomplish something. You know prepare for a particular race or distance at a certain pace, attempt a PR — you know prepare the old body to accomplish something that it wouldn’t otherwise.
It includes running certain paces/miles, including structured workouts, then doing more prehab, rehab, eating better, weight training, purposely embracing a higher level of discomfort while running, read a lot of Internet Articles/Blog posts on how to improve your racing and a bunch of tactics to improve the mental side of my running. I guess it comes down to pushing my running outside of that comfortable bubble that I have made for myself.
When I am just running (which is what this year has primarily been). I just run. I tend to run at comfortable paces, don’t worry about hitting pace goals, if I have a great day and go faster than usual it is an accident. I half-heartedly do a little prehab, minimal rehab, eat what I want (when I want), don’t read much about running and run comfortably (unless Bennie decides to do a vehicle interval). If I miss a day or two of running (or more), it really doesn’t matter, running is more about relieving stress than beating on the body.
When I just run – there really is not any planning to the running – just go out the door do what I feel like that day and attempt to get somewhere between 30-40 miles a week in – not that I have been all that successful doing that over the past 3-4 months.
So maybe it is time for me to get my arse in gear and get back into more of a training mode now that things in New Hampshire are starting to wind down. I know that I am no where near being in racing shape for a 5K or Half marathon, but I do want to do both before the end of the year.
I signed up for the Millinocket Half Marathon in December (early in the year) and there are always a bunch of 5K’s that I can do in the area between now and the end of the year. Other than the Millinocket Half Marathon, I do not have anything planned or races that I really want to get ready for.
It almost seems as though my piss and vinegar, err motivation has been sucked dry after the long-arse summer.
Lots of Questions
- Maybe my best bet is to race myself back into shape, with a bunch of 5K’s?
- Do I train for the half and keep running 5Ks?
- Am I even all that interested in running a half right now?
- Do I really want to race/train or keep just running through the rest of the year to get a better base in and then go into training mode in 2018?
- How about some trail races thrown in, although most of the big ones are done there are still more than a few left to get ready for.
As life slows down a little and I actually can get into a routine that is more conducive to training, it seems that I have to think a little more about where I want my running to go. After all, I “might” have a little more time to “just do it” now that my retirement is a part of the equation.
All I know is that I want to get back to participating in the local running community after dropping off the face of the earth over the summer, well actually the past year.
However, I think I have clarified for me the difference between “in training” and “just running”. Something that I needed to do, because I was really sort of in between the two – training for nothing, but doing more than just running.
I think that is something that a lot of runners need to clarify for themselves and once they do it might surprise them what they are actually doing versus what they thought they were doing.
hmmm a lot to think about and time figure out where I want to go with my running for the rest of the year. Next year will take of itself – I think :-).