There are things I can’t force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.
— Denis Diderot
Adjust is the Wednesday word this week.
Running means constantly adjusting: adjusting to the weather, to the road, to how your body feels. Adjusting your training depending on what you’re training for.
I have most likely run my last half marathon for the year. If you’re really masochistic, you can read about it here. There’s the joke how do you know someone’s run a marathon? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you about it. Just insert “half” into that sentence.
So it’s time to adjust my running and have a little off season. Because I plan to train through the winter, something I really loathe, for a spring half marathon. Serious training will come all too soon.
Actually, I think this is the year I will finally run the Stockadeathon. And it will be a PR; I’ve never done a 15k.
An off season for me doesn’t mean I stop running — at least, hopefully it doesn’t. It means I adjust my running schedule: I run less mileage, maybe less days, and I don’t run as hard. Maybe some very short hill repeats, maybe some short speedwork, but probably no tempos.
If I run Stockadeathon, maybe I will run some tempos. A 15k isn’t a 5k, after all. It’s not double digits, but it’s close, so it deserves some respect. I’ll have to sit down and think about how to adjust a training schedule for it.
First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal: a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends: the wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.