After some much needed rain here, it was great to see flowing creeks and green surroundings during this morning’s training run.
I watched The Ginger Runner’s 2020 Goals video this weekend, which reminded me I haven’t written a blog post with my goals for the year. I will have to get on to that this week. For the last few years I’ve gone through a goal setting exercise that takes a few days to complete. Usually I get it done between Christmas and New Year, depending on what we’ve got going on at the time. This year I was enjoying the downtime too much, and didn’t even start. Being my third run-through of the exercise I assume it won’t take me as long this time, but we’ll see. I’ll write up the results when I have them.
This post by Seth Godin struck a nerve this week. Particularly this quote:
Here’s something to consider: the world doesn’t get better when you spend more time engaging with mass media. That’s pretty clear.
But it does get better when you spend more time doing things that matter.
One of the questions I was often asked last year was “how do you find the time?” People just couldn’t believe that I fit in all the training for an ultra, along with working in our business, running my own side business, and being a father to our kids. It’s a complicated question, but one of the biggest changes I made in my life was cutting out as much noise as possible, and letting issues come and go without buying in to them.
Turns out a lot of daily drama can be ignored. It makes a brief splash, then people move on. The real issues, the ones that need my attention, will always come to the surface if you just let allow them time to become fully formed. It also helps me to conserve energy, leaving me more able to focus on nutrition, rest, and getting my training done without loading my mind and body with a ton of stress from world events.
- Distance Runners Need Speed Workouts, Too – Some advice from Hayden Hawks. “Speedwork helps build running economy, which is the amount of energy that your body demands at certain speeds. If I am able to teach my body to use less energy at faster paces by doing speedwork, think about how much energy I can save when I run a much slower 50-mile race pace.”
- Recovery and what it looks like – Lots of good advice on post-ultra recovery, and treating your body well in general.
- Overtraining syndrome with Corinne Malcolm (Koopcast episode 6) – I listened to the first half of this on my drive out to a trail, and then the rest of it on the way back home again. Some good insights into what overtraining really is, how to avoid it, and how to recognise other things that we think are overtraining but really aren’t.