I’ve now been training for the Marathon des Cote for 12 weeks. That means, as I write this, there’s just less than 12 weeks until I set off at the crack of dawn to try and run the 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in West Wales in less than three days. To mark the half way point in the schedule I did something I perhaps shouldn’t have: I took the week off.
Why skipping training is sometimes good training
I’m getting back on it this week (see this week’s schedule above). And I can’t wait. I put this new found enthusiasm down, partly, to how easy I’ve taken it in the past week. I ran just twice, for just over 16 miles. I didn’t do any strength and conditioning work, apart from a few press ups and a bit of core stuff. Now I’m raring to go.
— Diabetic Dad Runs (@diabeticdadruns) 18 March 2018
There are a few reasons for this. I had a lot of work on, family stuff to do and my legs were shredded after the 60 plus miles I’d done during the week before (see above tweet). Diabetes got in the way too – I had a shocker of a hypo on Friday evening, which put paid to my intentions of heading out for an hour or so.
— Diabetic Dad Runs (@diabeticdadruns) 25 March 2018
But the main reason was this: I wanted to remind myself what it feels like to live a ‘normal’ life. That is, a life that doesn’t revolve around running and entail at least 10 hours pounding the pavements in my SHORT shorts each week. I’ve done that now. It was okay. But you know the best bit about it? I feel like I love running even more than I did a week ago.
That’s why I reckon skipping training is sometimes good training. So long as you don’t do it too often, of course.