Thank you for your patience. I think I could have said this a lot recently. The past couple of weeks were a crunch time of sorts for me. I had to finish up my continuing education units for my NSCA certification, and I also had to get in all my courses and quizzes for my Mind Body Specialist certification. It seemed as if everything suddenly had to be done at the same time, at of course the last minute. Hence my absence from blog writing. But now I’m back at it!
All of this educational action required a small dent in my training, as it takes a good deal of time to read through articles, take notes, take the related assessments, and so on and so forth. I felt like I was back in college, cramming at the end of the semester. Some of the hustle and bustle I can probably contribute to the holiday season, although that would be a very minor amount. But I got it all done! And now a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. One, two, three…exhale.
Christmas Day brought with it (aside from plenty of gifts and cookies to go around) my first long run greater than 12 miles in, well, quite some time. 14.09 miles I covered on that blustery afternoon, combating a few scatters of a rain-like substance precipitating from the sky. Aside from this wind and rain, it was excellent. I felt very strong, and this is a very good sign. My pace is a bit slow, but, as I believe I have stated before, that will come once I am completely confident of my endurance (running) base. Another cycle, and then I will start to add more volume to my speed work, to make it proportionate to my distance work. For example, why would I spend only 30 minutes (about 4.5 miles) of time doing speed work, when I am training for a race with a marathon – 26.2 miles – at the end?! If I want to be faster over a longer period of time, then I need to devote a greater portion of that time to being fast. If you want to race fast, you have to train fast! Along those lines, anyway.
I also managed to complete the highest run volume I have been capable of mustering in a few months as well – four days this past week, and two in a row! My swim work is FINALLY back on a more routine schedule, and my lifting routines are plowing ahead. Now that my certification work is completed and up-to-date, I can really dive into my yoga practice, and begin putting some of the concepts to work and poses together to make my own routine. Hooray for learning new things!
Ok. Here we go. Week 11, the second build week. My daily routine is back in order, my training routine is back in order, and now my blogging can get back in order. Whew! I made it!