Most runners are type-A plan oriented. I am definitely one of those people. I like having a plan. I like sticking to a plan. Last weeks training went really well. BUT, sometimes plans just don’t always work the way you want/need them to.
Monday: 5 miles easy. P and I went to the park and ran I kept my pace at an average of 8:55.
Tuesday: rest/yoga. NY Day. I relaxed.
Wednesday: 7 mile tempo run. Plan was first 1.5 miles easy, 4 miles at tempo 7:30-7:45, last 1.5 easier. This was after court and it went perfectly. I even beat the rain. There was effort, but it wasn’t too bad. 8:37, 8:10, 7:35, 7:30, 7:34, 7:36, 8:37 last 1/2 mile at 8:44.
Thursday: rest/yoga. I rested. Really, I ran around Mobile finishing up last minute things before leaving town. I was sneezing a lot, had a sore throat, etc. Assumed it was allergies and blamed it on Sadie, my dads dog.
Friday: 5 miles easy. I picked up P at the airport and decided to hit the treadmill at the Marriott (didn’t want to run around Jackson alone). Ended up doing 4 miles at 8:35 pace.
Saturday: MS Blues 1/2 Marathon. I ran feeling sick, but honestly felt good during the race.
Sunday, whatever this crap is, hit me like a ton of bricks. I think I used half a box of kleenex on the drive home. This WAS NOT IN THE PLAN. It’s the beginning of the year! New job! Eugene training! Start of Best Body Bootcamp! And…I WANT TO RACE 3M AUSTIN.
I started antibiotics Monday and hoped that all systems would be cleared and ready to work hard by this weekend. Nope. The beauty (sarcasm) of having asthma is the lingering lung issues that you get when you are sick. I’m stuck with a cough and slight shortness of breath. Otherwise, I feel 100%.
I’ve done 0 running since the race. I missed my first track workout of the training season. I did manage to do the weight workouts for Best Body Bootcamp and pilates and yoga. Yes, I know, rest is what would be best. But I suck at resting.
The point of all of this rambling is that I suck at giving in to adapting. I know I don’t have a choice and have to take the race as it comes. I 100% know that this race does not define my race season, my Eugene training, or anything for that matter. It’s simply 13.1 miles and I will certainly run plenty more of that distance in my lifetime (and this year for that matter). I just don’t really like when my plan gets altered. As I have gotten older, I have tried to be more go with the flow, and this will be one of those times.
I will run the race, most likely as a training run. Obviously there will be no goal whatsoever and I will be very happy if I come anywhere close to my race in MS. Some may wonder why run at all? Why come to Texas? Well, I’m not that sick, it’s paid for, and, the most important reason, it’s a trip to hang out with my old roommate! I just planned it around the race.
So, take that racing plan. I’ll have fun in Texas with or without a shiny new PR.
How well do you adapt when you training plan goes awry? Freak out or go with the flow? Do you exercise when you are sick? Skip a race or run it?