I am shoving a leftover Freebird’s veggie burrito into my face, as I am on a quick lunch break at work. We leave tomorrow at 6am for chilly Colorado. I think I have just about everything packed, but at this point I am too tired to care. Anything I forgot we’ll just have to get there, so if I end up having to wear some kind of gift shop t-shirt everyday so be it. Actually, I have one new, super cool outfit. I got home yesterday and Mike had got me lululemon long yoga pants and a longsleeve shirt just out of the blue. Is he awesome or what? I know…I am spoiled. First he agrees to let me ruin a vacation by running a marathon and then buys me an outfit I will probably never change out of for the whole trip.
I bought Mark Tim Noakes’ Lore of Running. This is the bible for those interested in training and physiology. And, like the good friend I am, I didn’t give it to him right away and spent a couple of nights skimming it and hopefully minimizing the cookies crumbs dropped in it by accident. It seems to favor Mark’s RRCA coaching training of a base phase and a sharpening phase. It also says it’s not so much your age that slows you down as your years of serious running. If that is the case, I am have definitely had my best years behind me. It also reviews the careers of several runners and they all seem to have in common that they only all out raced a couple of times a year. The marathoners actually did very few marathons, and Dr Noakes says that those who are serial marathon runners really plateau their performance. I am inclined to agree with all of this, but being that I am a hobbyist at best, I may not heed all the advice the book offers. I did take home a few points I will adopt though: I plan to just all out race one big one a year and the others will just be fun runs. I plan to really stick to a recovery period after races, and have true recovery days, and I really want to stick with the whole base/ sharpening phase thing. If you really are interested in taking a more scientific approach to training, this is the book to get.
Ok, my burrito has been shovelled in, and lunch is over soon. I will begin my afternoon caffeine push in a minute since the Owl was living up to his name again last night and enjoying his 2am awake time.