This is the time of year when people look at their successes and failures of last year, plan for the new year and find themselves saying, "Maybe I need more (fill in the blank)." We all do it; I realized that I need more focus and this year I'm abandoning the run all distances every week and fail at all of them approach. Then it occurred to me that this is a great subject for a series of posts, as athletes tend to either pick and choose items from other people's schedules or blindly follow someone's training schedule (and when it fails, try someone else's).
So, coming up will be 4 [I think] posts on training philosophies. First, the high-mileage, race-yourself-into-shape approach. Second, the low-mileage, cross-training, race when things come together approach. Third, the variety of peaking strategies (so ingrained in most competitive runners they don't realize it's a choice). Fourth, I'll cover my own method, which might be more of a mindset than anything else.
Foot, meet mouth.
You know that filter that keeps you from saying things you think but realize will do no good? It's not that I don't have it; mine just seems to be a bit slower than it should be and, if what I'm thinking is clever or funny enough, I say it, knowing full well I'll feel terrible for saying it later. And yet, I'm just a little proud of it, too. Case in point:
A friend called to tell me the news that his wife just had the baby - healthy girl, blah blah blah (oops, mind wandered) and said the name. I wasn't sure if they went with the old-fashioned spelling of Christy or the more common Kristi. They spelled it Qhrystee. And I said...
"Did the crib come with a stripper pole?"
Really folks, stop it. Enough with the stoopid spellins. 4 reelz.
Raise the Jolly Roger
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