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Reisverslag Evaluation of 2014 & Plans for the Future
11 januari 2015
Evaluation of 2014 & Plans for the Future
With help from different coaches I tried to do better during the XC-season. And luckily, this was the first time where I ended my season on a high. It was a very fun season with great workouts and runs, and I was very happy with my performances. Now the goal is to repeat this for the seasons to come!
I thought I was going to end my 2014 season in great shape and ready to rock during the indoor season. I was on my way, working on my base after completing the XC-season, but also doing a lot of strength stuff (core, hurdles) and some great faster runs with the guys. Those runs challenged my body, because the guys run at a much faster pace then I usually run on 75-90 minutes runs. When you run loops you have never ran before and you know the guys are gonna pick up the pace, just not when and for how long, and then the guys in front of you are slowly but surely starting to pick it up and you go with them for as long as you can because you are too stubborn to hold back, you are getting very very strong. It made me realize how important variation is in training, and that it is good for the body & mind to get out of the comfort zone sometimes, and do something different.
But at the same time, I was having some hip/butt problems. Probably because I had not been injured for a long time, I did not listen to my body enough and thought that with some extra stretching and strength it would get better. But when you are running 80+ miles a week it doesn't work like that. Over break at home I decided to go to the physical therapist and he told me it was better to take some time off. At the same time, I also got an infection in my lungs,being tired and coughing all the time, so crosstraining did not happen either. Eitherway, the two weeks off were probably much needed because I did not really miss running (Which is very, very strange!) and was glad to hide in our (beautiful new) house and read books, cook a bit, have my family around me and see friends. My only activity was walking with the dog!
Although I ended 2014 with an injury, I am now slowly building back up. I want to be careful and make sure the injury is 100% gone, but I think it is going well. With the first indoor meet only three weeks away, I know I should not expect much. On Tuesday, when I am planning to do my first workout in exactly 3 weeks, we will see where my shape is at, but it might be very very gone. Yet this was not the worst time to get injured, and I still have seven weeks till the last indoor race, and that is the only race that matters to me.
After that I have a long, long time to get stronger and faster, because I likely will not race again till the end of the American season.The plan is to run the standard for the EC<23 (and hopefully much faster) at the Conference-race, to hop on the plane back to the Netherlands right afterwards, and then do a real European season, ending in Estonia with a good performance on the 5000m during the Europeans. Quite exciting!
Hope you all have a great 2015, fulfill your goals, and keep dreaming!
11 januari 2015 21:06 | Door: Anja
Net een geslaagde nieuwjaarsborrel gehad! Fijn dat je blessures op de achtergrond lijken te raken. Je hebt vast weer in Forest Park gelopen vandaag. Ik langs de Vliet. Fijne school- loopweek Anne en fulfill your dreams!
12 januari 2015 21:57 | Door: Sonja
I am glad you had a safe trip back to Portland. Last week you still were in Rijswijk enjoying your break. Can you believe it? I think Max will miss you most of all :-)
In a way it makes sense that you look at yourself by means of a helicopter-view and get out of your comfort-zone. We all should do that once in a while.
On the other hand you always do your utmost and you cannot influence your shape for 100%. Just enjoy your way of living, which I know you do, relax and believe in yourself. Before you know it you run the race of your life.
14 januari 2015 08:35 | Door: tante els
klinkt weer goed hoor. En oooh het was ook zo leuk dat je lekker relaxed thuis was en ik je met kerst EN met shoppen heb gezien. Helemaal leuk om weer eens echt tijd te hebben om bij te kletsen.
En ja, stomme dingen doen zoals puzzelen werken als mindfullness en laden je helemaal op! Alleen klinkt het wel beter als je tegen anderen vertelt dat je de hele vakantie mindfull bezig bent geweest....!