The halfway mark. Now can be an exciting time in a training period. As I ran my long run on Sunday I heard a lyric in a song I was listening to on my iPod. "I'm in a groove now or is it a rut?" It really made me think and take stock in the first half of this training.
For eight weeks now I have been following my training schedule, with barely an exception. I feel like I am hitting my groove, but am I limiting myself? Am I really in a rut?
I guess what I am trying to say is "am I enjoying the ride"? For me. yes, for the most part. But I need to look at runs with less regimen. Run to run. Take a look around, pay attention to what my body says, and listen to it's rhythm.
This weekend marks a long run of 18 miles. Now we are cooking. The second half of this training can really start to wear on the body and at the same time give you the feeling of great accomplishment. The second half is a series of constant tests. Injuries, fatigue and disappointments can happen when you least expect it.
At the same time your body will get used to running, but you may be neglecting other areas of the body. For me it is my core. So I decided to add core strengthening to my regimen. Adding something outside of running can get you out of a rut, build strength and motivate you in other ways.
As the series states -- I want to finish this marathon in under four hours. For this next half my concentration will be on Pace. Push myself to stay at 9 minute miles. Time to push to the next level. Time to have a second half that is better than the first. Time to hit a new groove.