Wednesday, 23 September 2009

new england

we're loving the great weather and the dark mornings. i've always imagined new england to be like this. cool, still mornings, the gentle fall of autumnal leaves and the eventual but slow rise of the morning sun.



early doors we did our regular 5 mile hilly road loop, equipped with headtorch and charlies disco lights. what a lovely run it was. and back as daylight was starting to break. today i pushed on a little and picked up the pace from my norm. usually this is a 'stocking filler' route to supplement the rest of my training. but things have changed.

i have a new plan and i'm excited.

i've decided to grasp the idea of periodisation' and have drawn up a way that will hopefully see me return to both enjoying running again and performing better.
for now, out go the long runs (proper long runs) and in comes a focus on speed, tempo, quality hill sessions and a longest outing of up to two hours max.all this with an aim of hitting some hm's or similar early in 2010 before perhaps cranking up the distance again.

but whatever will be, right now i'm really happy to have a clear focus on something that doesn't have the time commitments of longer stuff or the self-imposed pressure i've felt recently (on top of some of the crap you have to deal with in life, notably work related)

who knows a kick in my step just might return.and with it, a new me to go with new england

10 comments:

Simon said...

Cracking plan, cracking song !! Good luck.

Andrew said...

Are you still doing snowdonia? Good plan though,i understand about the self imposed pressure.

mialena said...

Sounds like a good plan! Less work crap should be a human right...

kate said...

makes sense to cut the time/distance during autumn and winter. quality over quantity and all that! build a solid base for longer stuff-if you want to ;)

ultra collie said...

thanks simon..it all links well

andrew..no im doing a shorter (though harder) fell race probably instead. didnt want to run a time slower than last year. so hopefully this plan will set me up for a good run there next year.

mialena..can you please put that to the EU parliament! that would be nice :)

ultra collie said...

kate..then i might only be 2-3mins per mile slower than you ;)

Hayfella said...

I reckon income tax should be inversely proportional to the amount of cr*p you have to put up with at work!!
Sounds like a good plan. Enjoy your running and love to Charlie.

ultra collie said...

when are you next in bonis hf..maybe have an outing?

Runningbear said...

Hi UC, you sound like a man who might be planning more track work to me.. how's Charlie with a stopwatch? Glad to hear you're enjoying a focus to your running and giving yourself a break from the long stuff. Good luck, RB.

Drunkeneuphoria said...

Makes sense. I tend to mix it a bit through the seasons, keeps the legs a bit fresher if your not speeding or longing too much.