The power of reversing routes

“It’s surprising how you pick up on different elements of the same roads when reversing routes.”

A second Fartlek of the week this morning, with this one being all about the incorporating shorter and sharper repetitions. That is following the session on Monday morning where there was more of a focus longer periods of running. I took a common route for me a reversed it today, something which I do from time to time but do have favoured ways of running particular routes.

It’s surprising how you pick up on different elements of the same roads when reversing routes. Such as different landmarks, perceived distances and realising that what you thought were flat roads are actually a good long uphill drag going the other way. I think it’s probably good exercise to do this, both physically and mentally – so give it a try!

“Before each pickup, I actively thought two things: am I adequately recovered and keep it relaxed.”

On Monday I talked around how I found myself being too tense and not relaxing during the faster parts of the run, so really tried to keep this in mind today. Before each pickup, I actively thought two things: am I adequately recovered and keep it relaxed.

The first point here about being recovered enough is a big one for me and I took the recovery runs super slow, hitting slower than 12 min/mi for a number of the recovery jogs. When it came to being relaxed for the faster parts of the run, I think did a lot better here as well compared to Monday.

Glad to see the power of writing down my thoughts after each session is already paying off.

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  1. It is surprising how quickly we slip into routines, so reversing routes is a good strategy. There is a lovely 6.5 mile run around a reservoir near me, and the odd times I’ve run in the “wrong” direction has brought surprises along the lines you noted.

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