Lighter miles, better weather…

Distance: 6.2mi

Miles to go: 1299

Even through all the revelations of the past week or so and all the talk about triathlon, I remain, for now… just a runner.  And not a very dedicated one at that.  But today was better, weather wise, and temperatures in the high forties and low fifties were enough to lure me out late this afternoon.

I wonder if I haven’t been fighting a bit of a bug lately that I have finally gotten over because my breathing seemed MUCH easier today.  I started off slow and steady and ran negative splits the entire way.  Even during my fastest mile (7:10), my legs and breathing were strong.  Last week I felt like I was struggling with my breathing and lost my legs in the later miles of all my runs.

I think I’m going to taper my mileage off a bit for the rest of the year.  If I can run 20 miles a week for the rest of the year that will put me at 800(ish) miles for the year.  Given the fact that I didn’t start running again until late June, I’m happy with that.

I really think it’s important to overlap your goals as a runner.  I know how we all get so focused on that goal race that we sometimes forget to look beyond it.  I think this is a big cause of that post race let down that a lot of runners suffer from.  From now on, I am going to try to pick a “recovery” race or event that is within a month (depending on the main event) of the race I am running.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or spectacular.  Just a local run or bike ride.  Something to get me through that down time and give me something to immediately look forward to once the big race is over.  Not for time or place, just for fun.  It’s just an experiment.  I’ll let you know how it works.

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