I've never felt both fit and recovered before a training block--hence why I'm stoked. The goal for the first half of 2014 is Bighorn 100. It's foolish for me to try and race my first hundo, but I believe that I can put in a good performance once June 20th comes. My butt would get kicked right now, but I have an ambitious schedule planned to get up to 120 mile weeks and believe in myself that I can execute if its meant to pan out.
What does getting into my training mindset mean? It means every workout has a purpose. In the past I've just run a lot; not this time. Recovery runs are deliberately SLOW and I will be off the back if it's a group run and its too fast. Workouts will be hard. Trying to minimize the moderate stuff in there besides a few overdistance runs. It also means lifestyle changes. I'm excited to check facebook only once a day. I instilled this plan during this past summer, just checking facebook at night. I'm a social media addict and don't like it--so less facebook! No over-drinking save for a few special occasions. No mindless snacking on junk food or take out pizza. More vegetables and fruits. More water. More popcorn and greek yogurt. Same large amounts of Franks Red Hot (dude, sponsor me please, you have no idea how much I eat of that stuff).
I don't think I've ever woken up on a Saturday morning, had a really great long run, and thought, "well that was OK but I wish I was hungover and mad that that didn't work out with that girl." I'm over college in the conventional social and academic sense. No more aimless messing around! I'm 22 and feel like an adult. I have better things to do, like work on the Virginia Big Tree Program, run well, be healthy, learn applicable things for my future job out in California, and savor the time I have with my good friends. I like being spontaneous and fun but I'm also a focused and determined person. I'm just excited for the horizon.
|The Horizon. Photo: Wyatt Lowdermilk|