I’m running faster today than I was in the same races last year, when I was running higher mileage. I hope that trend will continue as I definitely seemed to have plateaued a bit last year so it is nice to see forward progress again. I’m filling my new-found time with other activities that could injure me as well.
One of the great take-aways for me so far is that because I’m no longer running 4 hard workouts a week, my quality of life is higher. I have more free time for other fitness activities (beach volleyball, hiking, yoga, swimming) which give more diversity and balance in my life. My legs aren’t sore all the time anymore, which is great, and I have time just to run for pleasure instead of exclusively for training. These are the aspects of the program that I’m really loving so far.