Facing my fears…

This week makes week number 4 of my marathon training. It marks a very stressful part of my training because I will incorporate my speed work back into the program. I have a love hate relationship with speed! I love doing it, but in the back of my mind I feel the pain it caused me with my leg last season… I spoke with my old running coach Frank and he told me to begin with hills since I did a race last week it will recruit different muscles than the racing did. So here comes some more of the hate part of speed, this means I will definately have to cut back on my crossfit type classes I take at the gym and I am so addicted to those classes! But Matt tells me I need to focus on my ultimate goal and of course this is BOSTON!

So my schedule for speed will be 4 miles of hills, but unfortunately I live in such a flat land the only hill I have access to is a few small hills so I will be doing repeats no doubt… Last season I did repeats every week and they were so fun to me. But I did entirely too much overtraining by doing my intervals and then hoping on some hill repeats the next day… I am glad I recognize this pattern now and I will do things alot different this time. Because with running you feel so energized you want more, and me being the OCD type of person I am I always jumped at doing all I could. This season I plan to use caution with those feelings and recognize REST is best after speed…

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