Tradition: We have homemade pizza and relax for the night. Usually I’ll indulge in a favorite locally made beer, be sure to hydrate and go to bed at a decent time.
Tradition: Top that pie with veggies, mozzarella & red sauce – this time that included the latter, plus arugula, mini sweet peppers & oregano.
Tradition: Wake up early, have an small breakfast and a cup of coffee. Load up the camelbak, search the cabinet for any gels/gus/bloks (Found: Sport Beans), strap on the Garmin & lace up the shoes.
Tradition: Head South to the trail, loop out and back and using simple math (if possible) to figure out the next addition to round out at Goal mileage.
All of these traditions were used and successful, as per usual!
A few nontraditional tactics thrown into the mix: Ryders’ class Thursday morning followed by speed work that afternoon, followed by this long run on Friday morning, and convincing Martha to join me for the later miles so my recent I’m-SO-bored (after 6+ miles) attitude could be relieved for the day.
All these things led to a slower, but much more enjoyable and entertaining run than usual. In all respects, I was prepared and ready to tackle the miles. Just throw in some slightly fatigued (but resilient) muscles with some run-buddy chatting distractions, and it was that day’s recipe for success!
13.1 miles, 1:57:50 (avg 9:00)
What are your traditional LR prep methods?
Switch it up – what would you change?