We talked a lot about training and goals, how I'm feeling and what's coming up in the next several weeks. We came to the conclusion that I may be running a little bit too much mileage too soon. I'm planning to peak around 100K/week and I already ran 94+ last week. I was able to increase quickly because I maintained such a strong base in the "off season", but that doesn't necessarily mean I need to be running this much already.
I've found myself feeling really pumped up and motivated, wanting to push it. I know my body handles the mileage well but I need to remember that I am also transitioning from one workout per week to two, plus long runs (some with MRP).
There are still 14+ weeks of training ahead and there is a realistic concern of "peaking too early" - not to mention burn-out or injury. I want to make sure I am still feeling fresh(ish) at the end of this cycle and in order to accomplish that, I think some concessions need to be made.
Ron asked me to remember this quote, which is something I needed to hear:
"Don't let your enthusiasm cloud your judgment."
My "other" coach suggested an alternate:
"Don't let your ego get in the way of your common sense!"
Sometimes we all need a gentle reminder.
The plan is to back off the mileage slightly (closer to 50 miles) and concentrate on nailing my workouts. I'm also going to try eliminating my Saturday run for now and focusing on Bootcamp that day. I know I will benefit from the strength/cross training and I think it's too much to attempting running + Bootcamp the day before my long run. Ten weeks out (about a month from now) I will switch back to 6 days, build the mileage again and hang out at my peak for several weeks.
I'm feeling really good about everything we talked about, and my muscles are happy too! As usual, Ron was doing some serious deep tissue work on my legs throughout the conversation. Good thing I can wince and talk at the same time.
As always, your thoughts are most welcome/appreciated!