Posted: 19/10/2016 at 14:27
Welcome back, VTr (your summer does indeed sound tough)!
& Speedy (good to have you back - onwards and upwards from here-on in we hope ) ....
also welcome to SEdan . . .
mojo defintely needs attention, VTr - after 4 weeks of messing about (just 110 miles), and not even enjoying my running, I decided to take a week off to coincide with a few days away with my friend. First run back was last Friday (easy 7), but legs creaky. Was gonna rest Sat, but my daughter asked me to accompany her on a 12.5 miler (7 to park, parkrun, 2.5 warmdown). Only problem (for me) was that she thought the loop to the park was 6 miles, not 7, so we ended up upping the pace to get there (this meant going from "easy" to "steady" for her, but "steady" to "tempo" for me ) !! Just scraped a 70% WAVA at parkrun, but it wasn't pretty . . .
1st XC fixture Sunday, but I didn't run. Legs just bashed after Sat - found it tough jogging round supporting my son - although I'm a bit ashamed - I maybe should have bitten the bullet and JFDI . . .
anyway, 6 yesterday still felt ungainly, but lo and behold - 6 this morn suddenly felt flowing and sprightly, and I DID enjoy the outing . .
I don't reckon it's helped having no focus this year - to begin with it seemed sensible to have a less intense year, after 2014 (the "comeback" year) 2 marathons, then 2015 great half mara, decent VLM & pleasing XC season, but I've ended up just "drifting" . I do feel age is partly to blame - - no matter how I try to ignore it , my legs insist on reminding me . . . .
So, thinking of maybe getting back on the mara trail next year - Boston (UK) could be an idea - it's on same day as the BOSTON , and 5 years since my ill-fated excursion to the US
in the meantime, I'll maybe do a couple of the XC as training . . .
good running, all . . . .