Thursday, November 18, 2010

11 Days, Three Races: Prelude

It's not so often that I delve into my personal running and training - well, OK, perhaps more than I think. Still, I had an idea of a brief series of posts that may help both my readers (you know who you are) and myself (suffering a little bit of a running funk lately).

Just to set it up a little: I had a planned series of races in the fall, including the three that I'll mention here soon. Had decided to focus on shorter distances rather than just go for it all in a fall marathon. And my early races - great PRs, some of my best age-graded performances ever.

Then a few nagging injuries, increased work stuff, some mental running focus issues (I was setting PRs and falling further behind my competitors). Training was, well, bleah. Suffice to say, it hasn't been a great month.

Yet, here I am, with three races - on Sunday, Thursday (yep, a Turkey Trot, though not the one in Prospect Park) and Sunday (and then actually one the following Sunday). And I'm eagerly looking forward to them. I may crash and burn. But I've also figured out a way to use them to launch into a next phase of training (and of course there will Brooklyn/New York angles all over it). And finally, that's the point of this post.

So, bear with me for a tiny bit: I'm hoping the ideas I've got help out, whether you're planning your post-marathon recovery, gearing up for indoor track races or plotting an enjoyable run down on in Coney Island on the boardwalk. Hope these ideas help.

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