Back To The Basics

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you all on my fitness, workouts, etc, and since, at the moment, I’m lacking the creative ability to come up with a unique blog, here is the inside scoop on my training…

I took a short break after indoors, followed by on and off days, and am now steadily increasing my mileage. My goal: 70 miles per week! In the fall I maxed out at 60 (10 miles more per week than the year before) and saw great improvements. Throwing the law of diminishing returns aside, I am hoping to see even more improvement with another 10 mile increase. However, this is about the time of year that I start believing I’ve morphed into super Allie, an indestructible mega-woman. This time I am going to out-smart my alter-ego, stay healthy, and reap all the benefits of my hard work. Here is how I’m going to do it…

  1. steady increases in mileage with planned down weeks
  2. listen to my body
  3. listen to my coach
  4. be pro-active: foam roll, stretch, see magical hands John Ball, my chiropractor, weekly
Sounds simple, right? Believe me, it sounds easier than it is!
Training has been going really well, right now I’m trying to work on my endurance/threshold, which I believe is my weakest link. I did my longest progression/tempo ever yesterday – 9 miles at 6:25 pace! I felt great and never really pushed it. Although I am happy with it, I am looking forward to improving this component of my running. It’s back to the basics for me – miles, strength, tempo’s, endurance, cross-training…. setting up the foundation for what will hopefully be another great season!

2 thoughts on “Back To The Basics

  1. Keep it up Allie! I love you! I met a girl that knows you, Danielle Crockford. She was at Wake forest (in law school) when u were running. She is married now, so she must have a different name. Really sweet girl, pretty fast too! (she beat me by 9 seconds in the 4 miler in Charlotte)Anyways, I got into Wake Forest Law School! I could be your fellow alum if i can convince scott to let me go there !keep up the good work, xoxoxoxox

  2. Sounds like a reasonable progression to me Allie! Hopefully most of it will be on soft surface with a couple days of hills. And adding to that proactive list – hot epsom salt baths. They keep me going! Keep it up!!!

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