Yes, I’m failing at the Maffetone Method. I didn’t comprehend when I embarked on “running slower” that I would be FREEZING in January. I’ve had to dump out of several runs because I couldn’t warm up enough to keep going and I was afraid of hypothermia. I’m a month into 24-hour training and I’ve managed very few miles per week, between inclement weather and having to quit from shivering. Yesterday was my longest run to date—11 miles—and the only way I accomplished it was because at the halfway mark I said, “Screw it, I’m running.” And I took off at my normal pace. Not only did I warm up real quick, I felt like my running self again for the first time since starting this new training method.
Big change #1 for 2016
I’m attempting to gain “maximum aerobic efficiency.” That’s right, I’ve embarked—again—on running using the Maffetone Method, also known as MAF180. On my wrist in the picture above you can see my new Scosche Rhythm+ heart rate monitor, my Suunto, and my 2016 bible.
Despite ending the year with a DNF, I actually feel pretty accomplished when I look back over my 2015 running.
- I found a hydration pack that I love.
- I found a backpack that I love for run commuting.
- I figured out how to love my Altras again.
- I added Skora to my shoe line up.
- I said goodbye to Garmin and hello to Suunto.
- I ran in four different states.
- I finally marked running the perimeter of Manhattan off my to do list.
- I managed to finish a very difficult, hilly 50k.
- I successfully trained for and completed my first-ever 100k.
I could make a list just as long of things I wish I’d done differently, but I’ll file those away as I look at training this year and use this post to be positive. All together, 2015 wasn’t too shabby.