“If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”
I'm not sure what would be considered "normal" for a woman like me, but I'm pretty sure I'm not average. I'll even dare say that sometimes, I can be pretty amazing! :)
After close to four years of running, three of those using the running form taught to me by my physiotherapist (a running specialist), I am now very comfortable with the 180 steps per minute cadence and wearing my racers for all distances.
So for 12 weeks now, I went from running three (sometimes four) days a week, with very few high mileage long runs...to running five or six days a week, with many high mileage long runs. My new "not-so-normal" has me feeling so much stronger. As I mentioned last week, I have always run my long runs using a 10/1 ratio. However, last week for the first time I ran my 16k non-stop. It went well and my pace was a bit faster. To be fair, I may still have had some prednisone in my system last week (which increases my pace a bit - sort of like Lance ;)). This week, my system is definitely back to normal and prednisone-free...so I decided to try running my 22k long run non-stop. I'm very proud of myself, because I did manage to run with very few walk breaks (only when taking a GU or once to put on my gloves). However, when I compare this 22k with the last one I did a few weeks ago using a 10/1 ratio (both without prednisone), my pace is only 1 second faster per km! I found this week's run more difficult mentally, as well as physically (no lingering pain however). Considering the fact that there is essentially no difference in pace, I have decided to stick with the 10/1 ratio for my long runs. Nonetheless, I'm super proud that I was able to do this...because not very long ago, I doubt that my body could have handled running so long with hardly any walk breaks. Plus, I will probably try again when the roads and sidewalks are clear! Because I can :)
Have a great week everyone!
*I'm not sure why this page is white?! Strange...