Getting stronger

I can feel my legs/body adapting to my current mileage & training regimen – yeah!

It took longer than I would have thought to get back into the routine of daily mileage, not exactly sure why. Perhaps I was overly optimistic about my ability to get back into it. [I was running ~80-85/week for Grandma’s, it shouldn’t be a problem to jump back into that type of mileage!][This is why I hurt myself when I’m not working with a coach!]

Whatever it was, I think I’ve turned a corner. I now feel like I did in training before Grandma’s – where I can do a double of 14 (4 am, 10 pm) and my legs aren’t phased at all by it. I can’t accurately describe the feeling in words: it’s as if your legs are now strong enough and miles just click by. There’s not the extreme quad soreness I had for a few weeks, where no matter what I did or what the workout, I begged for a quad massage before bed. Again, it’s probably just my body adapting to the stress I’m putting on it: this is the 5th week under Jerry’s daily plan, and weekly mileage has been: 70 (on 6 days), 75 (on 7 days), 80 (on 6 days), 75 (on 7), and this week of 75 on 7 days.

I’m not completely “out of the woods” yet, my legs don’t have that fun “spring” in them when I know they’re a little rested and fast. But at least I’m no longer beat-up/fatigued…

Which would mean that it’d be natural to move me to another phase in training, right?

Daniels’ 18 week “Elite” schedule begins next week. 🙂

[Does Jerry just KNOW that it would take this long to acclimate to mileage? I often marvel at how perfectly timed the change in phases/mileage peaks and valleys are]

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  1. Hi Nichole,

    I've been following your blog and see that you use the Daniels running formula. I am considering switching to that program and was wondering if I could ask you some questions and get your thoughts on it. If you don't mind, my email is [email protected].

    Thanks!
    Michelle

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