Toward the end of the last training cycle there were a bunch of things I wanted to add, but I didn't want to screw up the race by adding something novel and botching it, or injuring myself, or... whatever other convenient excuse was easily backed up by all my reading (there's a stack of running books and magazines on the bedstand). Now would be the time to add them, right? What I've got on the list:
- Cross-training - pretty much anything other than running. Cycling or swimming are obvious potentials.
- Strength work - whatever it may be, machines at the Y or kettlebells in the living room.
- Flexibility work - oh, yeah, I need this in a bad way. I have never in my life been physically flexible (the other kinds of "flexible" don't come easily either, but I'm pretty set in those ways).
- Nutrition - every so often I have to re-focus on what I'm eating in relation to what I know about nutrition (quite a bit, actually). Usually that time to re-focus comes when I realize I'm not in any way following what I know.
It's not coming easily, though.
I have managed to get started. Mostly by setting aside all that stuff up there. I looked at a couple training plans and just picked one to follow, even though I'm not planning any big races until next year. I'm reinventing my running schedule, and my only goals right now are running at least 15 miles and at least 3 times per week (achievable, but requires planning).
Once I get settled again, I'll work on adding to this. But for now, this is enough.