I’ve been feeling lost lately. Torn between recovering and wanting to run. Too lazy to put together a training program. They say this is typical after running a marathon.
So, last Thursday I decided to consult one of the two wise men. After a brief exchange of text on my runs prior to SG, I had a direction. Coach Espejo of Team Baldrunner suggested that to improve, I have to run 5 times a week and increase my mileage at least 5km per week beginning at 40km. The mileage 40km per week is based on my total previous runs.
I read the text again , stared at the ceiling a bit, looked at my legs, stared some more, closed my eyes, … inhale, exhale, pictured my 2009 schedule and smiled. Ayayay! The things I would do for running.
Run 5x a week. Game!
Then last night after our workout at Ultra, I was chatting with fellow drill students and Coach Espejo and he mentioned that all our rest days should be active recovery. This is 30mins of running at 70% effort based on our personalised program. Wait wait! I just had to ask.
So Coach, when you told me to run 5x a week, the other 2 days active recovery pa rin? His quick answer was, “Yes.” He said that if it is raining outside, jogging in place for 30mins is enough.
Ulk! I stared, smiled, chatted with the rest of the team while trying not to let panic show in my eyes. The phrase, rest is always active recovery, was playing in a manic loop in my head.
I woke up this morning ready and eager to do my 30mins rest recovery run.