Sunday, March 20, 2016

FORWARD

Unlike the past two winter seasons, which have been absolutely dreadful, it's difficult to complain too much about the winter of 2015-16, which ended in the wee hours of this morning.

Statistically, it was one on the warmest winters on record, and, save one snowfall, which buried us here in Pennsylvania with two feet of snow, we had very little frozen precipitation to deal with.

Still, spring is here, and we're thankful for it. The days are longer, colors will soon reappear, flowers will bloom.

More importantly, however, we will finally be able to shed clothing, work up a healthy sweat, and run unimpeded on our favorite road, trail or track.

Speaking of that, track season is here, and I'll repeat my mantra of encouraging all "older" runners to get out to your local high school and college, and be a spectator, volunteer, official, or coach to kids who work as hard at their sport as anyone in any other sport, but often receive little recognition.

Hopefully, you have used the winter season to work on your base. That is, you have logged the miles necessary to provide the foundation of a successful racing season.

Make your running "seasonal." If you are running a marathon in the next couple of months, run it successfully, take it easy for a month (one day of easy running for each mile of the marathon), then transition into shorter races, emphasizing more speed work during the summer months. Then, gear up for a half marathon or marathon during the fall.

By following a seasonal running schedule you will keep your running and training fresh, you won't get bored, and you will be able to set and achieve racing goals at a variety of distances.

You probably have a good idea about how to accomplish this, but if you need some assistance, I'm here to help.

On my website, www.muldowneyrunning.net, we can set up an individualized training plan, suited for you.

You can also check out my gigs on Fiverr. www.fiverr.com Just type "running" into the search box, you'll find me, and we can get started on your running plan.

Spring is here, and it's time to move forward.