Now that I’ve started the slow roll back into #runlove territory, I’ve started thinking about base training for my upcoming CIM 16-week cycle (August 12th).
Although I still don’t have the pressures of race-day execution and hard goals figured out, I do perform TEN-FOLD better when on a plan. If left to my own devices I’ll wind up tequila’ing instead of tempo’ing, sleeping instead of AM running, and swapping sweat dates for froyo dates 99% of the time. Before I know it, I’m fat slow and vehemently opposed to anything spandex, none of which are really condusive to fast running.
(ahem, check in, party of BIG FAT ONE)
Other than my sanity and not having to buy new pants, I’m jumping back into training early for a few reasons :
- Going into a long training cycle with a solid base – phasing into it rather than feeling like I’m diving head first into a four month committment. 30ish miles/week and getting used to structured running again will help it feel less abrupt
- Hood to Coast with Team AfterNUUN Delight is just 6’ish weeks away!
When the runner assignments came out a few weeks ago I was obviously excited to hear who I was going to be spending all those sweaty, sleepless hours in the van through Oregon with.
Luckily, they all seem pretty awesome.
Team Noon: AfterNuun Delight – Van 1
Kelly – According to Kelly: Legs 1, 13, 25
Laura – Nuun Employee: Legs 2, 14, 26
Laura– Camping Out In America: Legs 3, 15, 27
Jocelyn – Enthusiastic Runner: Legs 4, 16, 28
Sarah – Once Upon a (L)ime: Legs 5, 17, 29
Molly – Mollyberries’ Hodge Podge: Legs 6, 18, 30
Other than learning who my new van-friends are going to be, the biggest excitement was finding out which legs I’d be responsible for tackling.
I’m thrilled to have been chosen for Runner #5 – I’ve heard it boasts some of the best views on the course and incredibly “rewarding challenges”. Translation?
Get ready to climb, sucker.
So this flatlander has some work to do to get these legs incline-ready. We already know how running downhill without training worked out, so I’m getting some hill work in now to hopefully avoid my vanmates having to dig my grave somewhere along Hwy 202.
There are a few hill repeat routes around here I plan to hit up, but nothing to simulate those long, gradual climbs. But, you use what you got. And last week what I got was a treadmill and some serious ADD, so I ventured back into hill running with a 60 minute date with the “Incline ^” button.
Even as a proclaimed treadmill-hater, I loved this workout. Changing every 60 seconds made the time fly and I was pleasantly surprised by how my legs handled the inclines. It was a different feeling from the track – a strong burning muscle feeling as opposed to an exploding-lung feeling – but the high at the end was the same.
Like, “holy shit I just got my ass kicked, and it was AWESOME.”
I’m still a little fearful of those 2-3 mile climbs on the route from OR hood to coast, but maybe by August I’ll be running in a “hills for breakfast(/lunch/dinner)” shirt.