Starting up Slowly

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Birgit, my 100 Mile race companion from last year, has already started training for her first marathon of the year, the Bienwald (Bee Forest) Marathon in Kandel, Germany at the beginning of March. I have been running some of the shorter runs with her, but have not committed to any long runs yet. I did sign up for a marathon in June, but am in no hurry to start training, I have time still.

My plan for the year is to reduce my racing from 8-10 Marathon/Ultras a year to maybe 2 marathons and a 50K race. I also plan on running these with less training mileage and without any specific time goals. By taking it easy this year I hope that my body will recover enough so I can increase my performance in 2012 and perhaps a couple more years after this. In any case I noticed last year that the relatively high mileage that I have been running over the last several years is starting to wear me down, so I need to slow down, rest and refocus, so I can come back stronger.

I ran a couple 10 mile runs last week, plus a couple 5 mile runs with some 500 meter intervals mixed in. Since training for the 100 mile race last year my speed has been really reduced, it will take a lot of work to build it up again, but I have the whole year to work on it, I don't plan on running any longer, faster races until 2012.

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This page contains a single entry by Jack published on January 15, 2011 9:51 AM.

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