Today I want to share a little bit of the thought process I have been going through lately. We had a great summer of racing and, for that, I want to praise God for allowing us the many blessings that this summer brought us. As I think about the upcoming fall and winter seasons, though, I have had a bit of a mindset shift. I realized that one thing that has been truly missing since we moved from Cincinnati two years ago is trail running. There was a big trail running community in Cincinnati, so it just seemed easier to focus on trails and, as a result, get some really good elevation in our training plans. Cincinnati just has crazy hills almost everywhere, so it was also easier to get high elevation in our regular AM runs. In Louisville, though, we have to make more of an effort to find hills and the trails are not close to our downtown home.
Enough with the excuses, Em. Here is the reality: we need to do much more elevation than we have been doing over the past two years. I have focused on mileage a lot and, sometimes, at the expense of getting some quality training in. I have probably done far too many “junk” miles and far less good recovery. This weekend will be about setting up a good plan going forward. This is the terrific time to reassess goals, since our next race is not until November. We have plenty of time to course correct and to create a solid plan for the fall and winter.
So, stay tuned! We will share our progress towards higher elevation and a more solid plan over the coming weeks. Have a terrific weekend!