So, I decided to hire myself a coach.
I've been thinking about it for a while, mostly because I want someone with some objectivity to make up my weekly training program. I like what I've done in the past, and I've learned a lot.
I just want to try something different.
My first week started off with some cross training (I chose biking for cardio) and some resistance training. Nothing amazingly intense- lunges, squats, steps ups, and some core work. But it was enough to get me sore for a couple of days, in an uncomfortable but not all the way to pain type way. Except when I sneezed. That hurt.
But the interesting part was the effect it had on my running, especially with respect to hills. I've always approached hills with a consistent effort type idea. Now, even though my muscles were sore, I could power up the hills. The muscles liked working hard, or something.
It'll be curious to see what happens in the future- if I ask to do it more than once per week, and if I continue to see its effects on my running. And if my running really does become better because of it.
I contracted for the next two months to take me to a Fat-Ass 50K on December 19th. If it goes well, I'll renew for a longer term- hopefully to help me run a 3:15 at Bayshore. That's the plan, at least. I'll try to keep you posted on how it goes.