A while ago, I posted about transitioning through a slump. That was successful, in part, because I slogged through multiple sets of shorts loops around a ring road in my neighbourhood. I was able to start with single, short loops, move to longer loops, and then do more and more loops. Sounds very simple, but sometimes it’s the simplest tools make things work.
Since then, I’ve kept on doing loops for my training. Sure, I regularly do out-and-back errand runs as well, but the loops are what keep me going. While doing them, it occurred to me that all of my races this year will involve doing loops. (Except I guess when you’re racing they should properly be called laps.)
- At the Run4RKids 6 Hour in January, I ran 222 laps of the 232m track, for a total of 52K.
- At the Elk/Beaver 50K in May, I’ll run 5 laps of a 10K loop.
- At the Niagara 100K in June, I’ll run two laps of a 50K loop.
- At the ENDURrun International 30K in August, I’ll run 5 laps of a 6K loop.
- And, to close the season, at the Self-Transcendence 12 Hour in September, I’ll run heaven-knows-how-many laps of a 400m track.
I think this is very cool. Not sure why I think that, I just do.