Things that I learn along the way.. Part. Two? Three? Twelve? Who knows!
1: Last summer I discovered that I simply did not have time to run as much as I wished to. I felt guilty about this, overdid it when I had time and hurt myself badly enough to have to take about 5 weeks off. I remembered all of this (because I am so wise) and tried hard not to repeat the chaos this year. So far, success.
2: Life comes in this order:
c: other things, like family stuff and the thing I like to call running
d: blogging (don't know how y'all manage to do it daily or even weekly!)
3: Every run does not have to be epic. It does not have to be hill work, speed work, a 10 miler, or even need to feel very good (and believe me, it doesn't.) NEXT year I will remember these words of wisdom!
4: Apparently I can still run a 23:14 5K with no practice. Maybe I just WON'T practice!
5: However. If one wishes to PR in a 10K or if one has a Half on the brain then practice is advisable (so sad.)
6.a: If the run actually feels good keep running in the manner of Forrest Gump. What could happen!? (see words of wis #1...)
6.b: Hmm. So this year I can spontaniously bust out some decent mileage and feel fine. I wonder if it has to do with all the miles I put in last winter and muscle memory? It is like that with horses- once they lay down a base of muscle structure they can get back to hard work quickly after some down time. Well, much faster then when you bring them into good condition the first time around at any rate. Is it like this with people? Who the hell knows...
There are my words of wisdom.