|Balance - He is doing it RIGHT|
As I sit here, my legs have a dull ache, my Garmin is slightly damp and is charging,
For the last month or so, I haven’t been as focused on speed and instead have been focused on laying the foundation for a successful marathon last push. Lots of long (relatively) slow slogs and not a lot of white spot inducing speed work. Great for marathon base, not so much for 5K training.
During training, balancing the 5K distance and the marathon distance is a tall order, but it can be done. Too often I get hyper focused on one goal and forget about all of the other fun races that I could be running. So, while the reality is that I might not be 100% 5K ready, I am probably 95%, and that is good enough. To try to maintain some of the balance, I’ve not only been running long miles but have been trying to mix in some 800 intervals at 5K pace and tempo miles at 15K pace. The thought process is that 800s will increase lung capacity and leg turnover but aren’t so long or so fast that they trash your legs and inhibit marathon training.
At least, that is the thought process. I’m going to continue my mileage and will try to run a 5K PR in the middle of a 60+ mile week. Hopefully it will work out! If nothing else, it will at least be a good white spot, hand tingling speed session.
How do you balance the various races on your schedule?
So, I just realized that I had way too few poop jokes in this post so here is some stuff to make up for it.....
My son is sicker than a dog (and ironically is barking like one). The only thing that made him feel better was a new bouncy horse thing. (Unfortunately, I think I’m coming down with it too)
Oh, I think someone will have some re-gerts, lots and lots of re-gerts