What I Learn From Peaking…

As I start peaking for the Earth Rock Half marathon this Sunday, I started to reflect the last 4 months of training which have been tough at times. I started the year with an injury that wouldn’t go away. I gave in to see a physical therapist which has helped big time. I work in the health industry but it always good to get expert opinion. Next, I needed to increase mileage slowly which I keep playing the math in my head. Second was to stretch after each workout and myoflascial release a couple of times a week which I was good with stretching but not the myoflascial release. Third is to have a plan and stick with it but that became tough at times because of work. I had to work everyday, many long hours and be on call. I think my biggest flaw to my training was the rest. To get workouts in, I would train when I was exhausted.

At end of February, I woke up realizing why I am working such crazy long hours to become a walking zombie and constantly being sick, just not enjoying life and my training. I am not getting younger even though I train with everyone 15+ years younger than me. But I should think about my eventual retirement and enjoy life. I emailed my boss that day to change my schedule from 7 days a week to 4 days a week. After 3 weeks, it does feel strange but I am slowly catching up with my rest, sleep and life.

Now backing to peaking for an endurance event, you should feel rested which the end result creates speed. Last week was a 5 day training week, this week is 4 day training week. Yesterday’s long run proved to be fruitful from the taper with negative splits and 5 minutes faster from 4 weeks ago. Every mile was faster than previous mile. But what I really took away from my peak period, my easy week period should be 5 days of training. As all athletes, I had always had the mindset to push through the heavy training. At times that is good but rest reduces overtraining to keep you healthy and reduces injury.

Published by Pam Houck

Work in the health industry as personal trainer, running and multi-sport coach. As an athlete with celiac disease and asthma, I don't let it limit me to compete in road races and triathlons.

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