Who’s ready for 2016? I know I am.
It’s been awhile since I last raced. After Grandma’s Marathon I shut it down (even though I swear I wouldn’t) as I focused more on work and less on running. Sure, I continued to run, but most of that was to keep me sane and burn off far too many IPA’s.
The racing season started out a little rocky back in May, where I suffered my first DNF. Per usual, hindsight is 20/20. Three days before Buffalo I came down with something nasty. Succumbing to fatigue, dizziness, and the inability to breath I pulled the plug at mile 17.
The writing was on the wall earlier in the month. Work weeks that blurred an uncountable number of hours, paired with 70 mile training weeks and averaging 5-6 hour work weeks as a new dad took their toll. After Buffalo I regrouped, placing a greater focus on rest and family. It paid off, clicking through a new PR in 2:51:57 five weeks later at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN.
The plan is to learn from Buffalo, recognizing the warning signs of over training. Here’s what’s different for 2016. Let me know if you can relate or would add to the list in the comments below:
1. Getting More Sleep: For me this isn’t about cutting out TV. I don’t watch it much. Between the clinical and online aspects of my work, it tends to lead to many late nights. A late bed time is tough particularly when I’m up at 5am every morning to get to the clinic.
2. Working Efficiently: I work a lot, but I find that it’s not always productive. I’m going to master list making in 2016, prioritizing everything by importance. This should hopefully leave more time for #1 and my family.
3. Saying No: There’s an urge to take on more. Earlier in my career I was fearful of missing a great opportunity. Prior success has amplified my opportunity. I’m fortunate enough to pick and choose now (I just need to exercise my right to say no).
4. Smell the Roses: Stacking your plate with work and training can leave you feeling constantly rushed. After dabbling with “mindfulness” literature I recently committed to shutting down my zombie-like autopilot that has left me simply “going through the motions” for most of the day. It should also help with my forgetfulness! (fingers crossed)
Dropping out of the Buffalo Marathon was a tough pill to swallow. As I said, hindsight is 20/20. I’m 100% at fault. I was fit, but not healthy. I was tired.
As I begin laying out my “master plan” for the 2016 Boston Marathon I plan tracking more than miles and heart rates. I plan on tracking my sleep.
Using the principles above I plan on running my way to another PR in April.
Did I miss something? Is there another piece you need to work on? Drop me a comment below and let me know if you agree, disagree or would add to my list.