I Just Like To Run

Since Sloth Week ended, I’ve done basically nothing except run.  And run.  And run.

Yes, there’s been some strength training sprinkled in, but what can I say—running’s my favorite!

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During the triathlon season, swimming and biking and running comprised my workout schedule, so I was basically cross training for nine-plus months.  I obviously ran frequently, and each outing had a purpose:  paces to hit, intervals to complete, and distance to cover.  But since transitioning to the off-season, I’ve been doing whatever I want—which is not only running, but also running how I want. (Which also means logging runs sans Garmin.)

This week, I’ve hit the pavement three times and the pool zero and the saddle zero, and can we talk about how liberating it is to run however you want?  When I feel good, I increase the pace and do some fartleks; when I feel tired, I ease off the gas and simply cruise.  When I feel strong, I keep going; when I feel bored, I head home.  Talk about freedom!

As my coach said via email this week, January is right around the corner, and the new year marks the return of structure (and intensity).  So until then, I’ll be SBR-ing whenever and however I want—or don’t want.  Clearly, running’s the current favorite, but once the Syracuse Orange start playing in November, I’ll need something to do during games.  On that note, I need to dust off my trusty indoor bike trainer …

How often do you run with/without a watch?  Do you go through fitness phases with certain workouts?

6 responses to “I Just Like To Run

  1. I am a firm believer in running without a watch at least once a week even if you are on a workout/training plan. Running free helps keep your focus on what really matters: doing it because you love it. It also helps you be more in tune with your body.

  2. I absolutely love this. In so many ways our experiences this year have been close (although your level is about 10 notches above mine). Although I still have one race of the season left I’ve moved to a more non-structured plan for the rest of the year and am doing a lot of fun running lately. No high intensity, just running to enjoy running (I do however where my garmin all the time :-)). That with some group workouts has made this late season effort a lot of fun again. And after all, isn’t that what its all about.

    You’ve definitely been a good inspiration this season. Keep up the great work and even though I’m an Iowa Hawkeye fan I’ll be cheering on the Orange whenever I get the chance.

  3. This is great! I love the “off season” to do whatever I want 🙂

    And running is one of my favorites!

  4. I have never really been a runner tied to my watch. I use it track my mileage but nothing really as far as pace or time. I’m sure it feels great to be just hanging out this week! Glad you are enjoying your time. 🙂

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