The goals:

1.  Come in under two hours (last year came in at 2 hr 07 min).

2.  Post race, body feel strong (aside from muscle soreness); low joint pain, low inflammation (last year and the previous year I felt pretty inflamed)

 

The plan (brief description):

Increase strength training (basic full body movements, progressive overloads), increase both aerobic capacity and conditioning (rowing machine was dominantly used, some track work, and distance runs no longer than 30 – 45 mins)

sidenote: send me an e-mail daniel@sanityfs.com if you want more information on my plan for this race

Reflection:

First and foremost, we as adult humans think obsessively.  And not only that, we think little about what can go right and spend more time  on what can possibly go wrong.  I say possibly because half the time nothing has gone wrong yet, however, the mind begins to drift and before you know it, the wrong is now in front of you.

Thank goodness I knew this and approached my training very differently.   I always kept the plan simple, so all I had to do was work hard.  I taught my central nervous system to be resilient and with that, let my mind stay at peace.  I found my mind drifting between miles and steps, however, also recognized that one foot continued to go right in front of the other and all I had to do was relax and trust I chose the right plan to get the job done.

You see, a 13.1 mile run could be a fun Rock n Roll Half Marathon, or it can be a run for your life in fear of danger or harm.  Either way, your body will react to the current environmental conditions you find yourself within.   I could have stressed my body out, ran like my life depended on it, and finished (maybe) a few minutes sooner.  I chose to let my training speak for itself, and ran with the intent to stay as relaxed as possible.  The end result, I finished 17 minutes faster than I did last year, AND, did not pound my body to the ground for that eighteenth minute.  And being as experienced as I am when it comes to professional training, I will make that minute up the next time because my body knows I love it that much ;)

Simply put, whether it be a half marathon, full marathon, triathalon, etc., the steps you take to move further can either accelerate you forward or hinder your progressive movement.  You decide if you want to work smarter and not harder.  I choose smarter (and hard enough) to fully maximize each day I will have lived because today is the reward and the memories will be shared tomorrow.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel J Sanidad/Coach Sanity