Now that my 24 Week training plan is ready and out, I know the real work starts next week. I constantly find myself mulling over the journey I am about to undertake and the challenge of balancing that with my personal and professional life. Will I succeed? How will I balance it with a second job that I am seeking? Where will I get the time? What times will I be running? Where? What if I meet that leopard that people say has been chewing goats and sheep in Buruburu?
I will be running more than I have ever run before and running more than anyone I know has ever run. Many will think I am mad. Many will question my dedication and will see it as some disorder or obsession. Many will even fight me and some may even cry. But it is a journey I must travel and discover who I am and what I am made of. I have to do it for me. This is a journey that will test my will, my dedication, my passion and my commitment. I see this as a test of my will and my heart to see something through once I have picked it as a goal. I know it will shape my character, test my courage and my staying power. I know it may give me a serious beating and even injuries. But it will make me better for it.
I have just realized that the training period is quite short so perhaps it actually translates to 19 weeks of training (because Ndakainishould be somewhere in September). If Physiological changes take about 8 weeks to surface....well, you do the math.
My weight has been steady at about 80Kgs. This is unlike last year when I started training weighing 10 Kilos heavier. This year at most I may need to shed off 5Kgs . Which is easy as pie (and it is not even that necessary). I wont even have to think about it.
Besides my weight advantage, I have a 102 min Half under my belt and a 127 min Ndakaini half under my belt. So I am starting at a very good place in terms of experience, in terms of the terrains I have ran, the biting cold dawns I have run in, the wet pools and steep hills I have run in, the scorching suns and dusty fields I have run in,...the works.
I am also in better shape generally (more capillaries and mitochondria and glycogen stores). What I now need to do is to gradually train myself to run 4 days a week then 5 days a week. This should hopefully make me evolve to have the following:
1. Stronger legs and torso.
2. More mitochondria.
3. More red blood cells - for carrying oxygen.
4. More capillaries - to help carry more oxygen as I will place a fuckin load on this body.
5. More glycogen stores - as they will be getting depleted as a matter of course.
6. More enzymes for burning fat and glycogen.
7. Better posture, stride and pylometrics
8. Higher Lactate Threshold as a result of the above and therefore,
9. Faster speed.
Yes. Faster speed. Come to daddy.