A Little Bit of Hiatus & Rest
It's rest times of such that allows me to sit back and go back to the drawing board for better planning. By doing so, I need more resources and metrics. That's where the extra data sourced from the recent Garmin Fenix purchase and the Garmin Connect app comes in handy. I also managed to convince myself into the Strava Premium (to chase more online virtual achievements ?) and extracting extra data to determine the scale of actual efforts placed in my training runs. Those buzz words such as cadence, spm, stride length, suffer score, and etc. are finally relevant unlike back in half year's time!
In anticipation of the upcoming Niagara Falls marathon in October, I decided to really make an even more dedicated effort to follow through with a training plan (as provided by Strava Premium and the McMillan Running) That means no more half-assing on the fartlek runs just because I didn't quite know what it meant. And easy runs actually means easing the legs while still being conscious of form and stride lengths to maximize running movement. The only thing I will keep flexible for myself is the duration span within one week's time especially when life happens and not everything (and weather) will co-operate at all times.
So the key races for this fall will be the following:
- Niagara Falls International Marathon
- Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope
With side races along the way as interim simulation and progress benchmarks.
Oh, and here's some jams for the month of August to get me moving! Have a great week and hopefully I'll be back with another post on time!
Cheers, - M.W.