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