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From The Week of 3/4/19

Often, when we are under the tutelage of a coach we may only consider what that day’s workout is and then assume it is set in stone. As a coach that is the furthest thing from reality we want. As a teacher we want you to learn what the purpose of a workout is, how important recovering is, and most importantly, listening to your body. When you listen to your body instead of your device you will note how the the stresses of life affect you so you can modify a workout if it seems appropriate.

We don’t live a life of true consistency because, hey, life happens. You have an exam, work is extra stressful, someone in the family is sick, or, you got engaged, you aced that exam, or it’s a holiday are all reasons for how you may feel about that upcoming workout.

As you approach that workout notice how you feel. Are you worn out or energetic? Sad or happy? These things affect your energy levels. Then consider such things as how much time the distance usually takes you to run or how long those intervals are. Are you feeling tired? Then shorten the distance because you will probably be running slower. Or if you are feeling really tired then cut the time and the distance.

What if you are feeling good for your long run? You may find yourself running faster. Then consider going longer. (But do consider tomorrow’s run. You don’t want to sabotage it.) Maybe you are feeling really good, then go ahead and add a little time and distance.

What if you are doing speed work? Cut some intervals if you are lagging or even split the distance of the intervals in half. Have 3 x 800 left? Try 6 x 400. Feeling spry? Add a couple 800s.

So check in with yourself before and during the workout and make changes to get the same desired effect. Modify so you will feel good about feeling good at the end of the run.

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