So how have I come back from a horrific half marathon earlier this year to post two consecutive PRs? Here's what I've done differently that have contributed to my recent success.
1. Run less. I haven't been running as often, perhaps two or three days per week. But the days I do run, I run hard, adding intervals, speed play and time trials at least once a week. I focus on intensity in these sessions.
2. CrossFit. I am consistent with getting to my CrossFit Endurance sessions twice a week.
3. Cross train. As a triathlete, cross training is basically all I do. I'm working different muscles every day, so I don't fatigue as fast, but I am working hard most sessions.
4. Weight control. I was never that big, but every pound helps. I'm much leaner now than I was this time last year, thanks in part to the previously mentioned training techniques.
5. Pacers. Dan really helped push me to my PR on Sunday, for which I am very grateful.
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6. Visualize. I spend a little bit of time before I fall asleep most nights thinking about my upcoming race. I picture my desired pace displaying on my Garmin while I feel comfortable and in control.
7. Nutrition. I've nailed the night-before meal, and the answer is pho. It's a Vietnamese dish that's comprised of a salty broth with noodles and a bit of meat. It agrees with my system and doesn't seem to weigh me down.
8. Ditched purchased fuels. I've decided that my tummy just doesn't like the gels, chomps and bites that I used to enjoy. Instead, I've been making my own fuel at home with ingredients that I know agree with me. Come back tomorrow and I'll share the secrets of my new favorite running fuel.