Running without racing.3 min read
Last Sunday’s marathon was the culmination of training towards a goal race and despite the challenges that unfolded during the race I am happy with my overall effort. This race was the culmination of 14 weeks training which is my normal plan for a marathon or longer race.
Last Sunday’s marathon was also likely the culmination of my racing year, with not many races left before the end of the year and certainly very few close to home. This means it’s time to switch gears with my training and enjoy my running with less focussed training towards trying to peak for a race. At times not having a race to train for has been a time when my running has suffered. I have struggled with the lack of focus and specificity and too much ice cream and skipped runs.
These days I have running without racing plans which keep me running regularly and enjoying my running without the pressure and challenge of a race in the not too distance future. This plan starts with continuing to run a similar amount of times per week and using variety in my running to keep focussed.
During October I plan to continue with my three key workouts each week, these are hill repeats, intervals and the long run however each will have far less focus. Hills will likely be similar, intervals shorter with more recovery and the long run shorter and not building time each week. Continuing to focus on these runs will keep my fitness ready for when my next race preparation starts. In addition to these will see some varying terrain and locations to keep my running interesting. to add variety I like using a weighted vest for some short runs, or efforts during runs. Skipping an aerobic run for a weighted vest hike is another option for easy days.
Adding variety can also be done by changing up footwear. As the weather gets warmer I like to use my favourite running location, the beach for some barefoot intervals and aerobic runs. GladSoles Sandals will still be my go to footwear for most of my runs though. And I will use my Carson footwear trail shoes for when I want some variety. These are the best shoes I’ve run in without socks, which is great for the beach and when the weather is hot.
The main focus while I’m running without racing is enjoy my running, add variety that isn’t achieved when training for a race and relax without the pressure of training hard.
Summer in Australia it’s certainly the best time to be outdoors enjoying the place we live. It’s a great time for relaxed running and enjoying the surrounds. I’m looking forward to running without the need for racing for the next few months, and enjoying my running.
8 thoughts on “Running without racing.”
The weighted vest sounds interesting. What brand is it?
Variety is good. Enjoy the slightly lighter weeks ahead. (With an occasional bowl of ice cream) : )
The weighted vest is not a brand name one. I bought it cheap at a department store here. Can adjust between 0-10Kg. I use it most when i go hiking.
I may have to try that assuming I can find one that fits!
I completely understand running for the enjoyment. While I love challenging myself and seeing how my body responds, there’s a part of me that wants the marathon to be over just so I can enjoy running again for the pure, simplicity of it! Not to say I’m not enjoying it right now – but running for no reason whatsoever without any goals is amazing for my stress relief!
I have the same feelings sometimes during a race preparation. Sometimes the focus training can be tiresome and you just want to run for enjoyment
We’re in the same boat, that’s my season over too. As we head into winter I’m focused on recovery from the marathon, then building a solid base – something I didn’t have for this season. I hope you enjoy the less structured, less intense running, I know I’m looking forward to it!
Thanks Alasdair. I wouldn’t be looking forward to heading into a Scottish winter though
Haha, no. It can get pretty grim ?