Back in The Saddle

Getting back into Racing after a hiatus is not as easy when you are in your mid 50’s! Due to a tough 2 year period with a lot of family heartache, my racing was put on a back burner. But now I am back and trying to recreate the old me, or the younger me for that matter. Speed work is a must, but it is a real love / hate relationship. After all at 54 years old, do I really have to be putting myself through this pain? I dread the days of speed work, but I am always proud of myself for getting through the workout when it’s over.

I no longer run on the track, as I feel the turns put unwanted extra stress on my knees. Instead I run my speed work on the roads, doing a varied fartlek workout. For those of you who are unfamiliar with runners talk, a fartlek run is one that includes a warm up (for me of about 25 minutes) and then I do 12 times about 1.5 to 2 minutes at 5k( or faster) race pace with about a 2 minute easy jog in between. My cool down is continuing on my route back home which is usually about another 25 to 30 minutes. So all in all about 1 hour and 40 minutes of running. The time intervals can change and variation is good so your body is always tested in new ways. It’s a tough workout but oh so good when I get home to a nice cold Gatorade.