I’ve now had two successful outdoor runs–one on Sunday for four miles and one yesterday for five. Both felt really good and I’m excited. Now the trick is to keep myself in check with the mileage, but trust me, I will! Time away from running is too hard to blow it all by doing something stupid.
Speaking of not being stupid, my plan from here is to get back into MAF training. It’s not only key for base building, but it’s also the perfect way to return from an injury. I strapped on the heart rate monitor yesterday and went right back to my aerobic range. I kind of dreaded looking at the paces but of course I had to peek. I was actually pleasantly surprised. Even though I’ve lost fitness, I was able to run a better pace than I would have predicted at MAF right now. I’m guessing the big difference is that it’s much colder right now than it was last time I trained at MAF, back in late September.
How long will I stick to MAF this time? Patience willing, I’m going all the way this time. That means sticking with this heart rate range until I get two months in a row with no improvement. That could be six months, it could be a year, who knows? I regret not seeing it through all the way last time, so here’s take two.
That being the case, I don’t have any races on the horizon at this stage. I would like to do some late summer/early fall, but I’m going to refrain from signing up until this base is laid and I can then get back to some speed work. I think it will pay off on many levels.
So that’s the plan–slow and steady as she goes.
If you’d like more details on MAF training, I’ve got a collection of posts over here on my right sidebar.