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Subject: RE: 50+ Masters Training and Racing Open Forum
lucKY2b, I agree with the non-periodization concept. At this age, I am just trying to maintain my current level of fitness. I'd like to run an 8K in December at the same pace I ran one this March. I'm working very hard to convince myself that just consistently doing the same workouts is the way to go at this age.
Despite these sentiments, I had a very hard time convincing myself to not race a 5K on Saturday. My left hamstring was acting up more than usual. My rational side finally prevailed with the argument that a negative split 8 mile workout would put less stress on the hammy than my 5K target pace of 5:40. This was indeed the case. I then tried a hill workout on Sunday, but the hamstring did not feel solid as I started up the first one. I thus continued on to do 8 or so at a more reasonable pace. The hammy feels okay this afternoon.
The emotional legacy from my younger days is that I will somehow lose fitness and not be as prepared for a planned 10K next Sunday because I did not do a stronger workout today. I am working on replacing those type of negative (and illogical) thoughts with the aforementioned longer term view of consistency and maintenance.
M: 5 easy
T: 5 easy
W: 5 easy
T: 4 easy
F: 5 easy
S: 8 tempo, negative split miles (8:19, 7:30, 7:10, 6:50, 6:25, 6:28, 6:15, 6:07)
S: 8-9 easy (77 minutes)
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