Yesterday, I posted I would be racing less in 2014 to focus my training on my BQ attempts for 2014 & 2015.
Based on the emails I have received, several have missed the key point in that blog. I am racing less, but I will be training more miles. A quote from my blog.
"...I am ready to pump it up to 60+ this
Fall/Winter. I feel more energized in my
fitness and health, than I have felt in almost 2 years. That puts me on the right path to achieve my
goals of BQing either in 2014 or 2015, so I can run Boston in 2016."
Here is the original blog post
Racing less, does not mean I will be running less. I am not sure why so many of my runner friends are trying to convince me to run less. As I have discussed in several other blog posts, less is not more. By running less, I did not become stronger nor faster. I maintained my fitness levels, but I did not improve.
The only way to strengthen a muscle is use it and use it often.
I have been injury free since early 2011. The only time I have had to refrain from running
1. After RnRLV 2011 sickness
2. Trail fall in October 2012
3. San Francisco Half Marathon Fall 2013
I am not over training, I am not working myself too hard. While I appreciate many of your concerns, I am not heading in the wrong direction. Many know me well, I pay close attention to my form, my nutrition and body cues.
Those cues told me, I was not training enough to achieve my goals.
Look at any athlete who consistently BQ's or higher - they are running higher mileage. It's a gradual thing. That is why I am running 40-45 for several months and then move to 60+ in December.
I am having way too much fun this year by improving my fitness and having great races. Some may believe I am giving up the "fun" - I am not. I have created more fun for myself.
Onward to more miles and more fun!
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