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!
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?