But you also have to be careful to avoid overpaying - aka overtraining. Based on my training journal entries for the past few weeks, I can tell I am skating a fine line. Not so much with running - fortunately I have Coach Matt who tells me how long and how fast I need to run - but with balancing running and additional workouts.
I have a tendency to get a little too ambitious and last week I paid the price. Without getting into it too much, I'll just say a near blackout Wednesday morning led me to the conclusion that days I've been considering "easy" have actually been too hard.
These delicious Honey Stinger chews saved me Wednesday morning!
Coach Matt lays everything out for me - easy run days, challenge workout days, long run days, recovery run days. Everything is balanced so I can nail my hard workouts, recover properly and still run enough miles every week. But in addition to running, I sneak in my own extra workouts - mainly classes at the Y and strength training. This wouldn't be a bad thing except I tend to work too hard during these sessions. The result is the easy days in my plan are no longer easy and I'm left feeling more fatigued than I should.
I'm not sure what the solution is - I won't give up my favorite classes anytime soon and strength training is necessary for running strong. But I need to find a way to scale back somehow. It might be as simple as running slower for the lap portions during certain classes. All I know is that I need to do something or else I'll end up having paid too high a price - with nothing to show for it.
So this week I'm scaling back on the additional workouts just a bit (no Y-Blitz, no additional strength training), mainly because I'm racing this weekend. Finally, the relay race is less than one week away! Here's this week's plan:
Monday: 5 mile run w/strides + Y-Kettle Bell Intervals
Tuesday: 7 mile workout
Wednesday: 5 mile recovery run + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: 6 mile run w/strides + Y-Kettle Bell Intervals
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Fleet Feet Sports Marathon Relay!
Sunday: 5 mile recovery run
Total: 38 miles
Ha, it's pretty funny when you look at a race week as a recovery week. But that's what I'm doing. This week's goals: Train smart, avoid excessive fatigue and have fun at the marathon relay :)
Tell me: How do you balance running with other types of exercise?