Greetings all of you runners. Congratulations on making it this far in your training. The hard and heavy miles are setting in and it’s now time to really take care of your body. Remember here, it’s not when you are running that your are getting stronger, it’s when you are recovering! What I mean is, make sure you are enjoying your cross-training and rest days. At this point we all need to take care of our bodies as the workload is reaching it’s high point and the rest from that is of utmost importance. Are you remembering to take in enough water? Are you spending an extra 10 minutes after every run to stretch? One more tip is to make sure that you are getting high quality nutrients back into your system within 45 minutes of finishing your runs. Your body will need them to recover from the past run and prepare and store energy for your upcoming run. Train hard, listen to what your body is telling you, and have fun. Let me repeat the key concept for this week. “It’s not when your running that your body is getting stronger, it’s when your recovering.”
Here is also a quick update from Mike our runner.
Week of 4/20 running summary – Mike Ritsema:
Monday 5 miles in 39 minutes
Tuesday 5 miles in 40 minutes @ 142 bpm & 500 calories
Thursday 9 miles in 79 minutes @ 136 bpm avg. & 868 calories
Sunday 9 miles in 80 minutes @ 137 bpm avg. & 952 calories
Notes & thoughts:
It was a busy week with a wedding and graduation commitment as well as business travel.
Therefore, the schedule changed a little. I felt pretty good on the 9 mile runs. I am concerned about a 15 mile run though.