A Season for Base Training
It’s happened. I swore it never would or at least thought I was immune to it, but I’m not.
I’ve been comparing my runs and paces to other people’s runs. Left and right other people are setting new personal records while I’m struggling to hit old paces.
There have been years in my life when I ran without racing. I didn’t care how fast or how far I was running. I just wanted to do it because I love it. There have been years where I feared burnout so badly, I under-trained. Now, I’ve reached this sweet spot where running is all I want to do and I don’t remember the last time I was in this space.
One day soon, I too will be setting new personal records, but it probably won’t be during the Spring Season. The winter has been a time for re-building after a season of injury.
With so many opportunities to run races in NYC, I think I often forget that training and racing comes in seasons. We all need training cycles and can’t constantly be peaking at every race. Right now, I’m using 1/2 marathon training as my base training for a late summer 1/2 and a fall marathon.
This means I have to be okay with where I am now and stop having race pace envy. I’ll run fast when the time comes, when my body is ready during race season, not base-training season.
So tell me, do you have p.r. envy? Do you train differently through out the year and divide your training up into seasons or do you mostly train the same way year round?