Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Best Laid Plans

For those of you that know me, it probably comes as no surprise when I say I'm a planner. I like being prepared and knowing what's on my work and social schedule in the upcoming days and weeks.

It's no different when it comes to training. I like knowing when I'm doing my workouts, what type I'm doing and how they'll help me achieve my goals of getting stronger and faster.

Case in point: I have my training planned out through March. Every day of every week.

But some days and weeks require flexibility. This is definitely the case with this week's training. Monday night's easy six turned into a tempo workout. Last night's speed workout turned into dinner and drinks with coworkers. Wednesday's easy six is now speed intervals on the treadmill.

I'd be lying if I said these last minute changes don't throw me off a bit. Of course I feel guilty about not training at all on Tuesday. And I'm worried too about doing another speed session so close to Saturday's race.

But I'm also confident that by listening to my body, I'm doing exactly what I need to do to achieve my goals. So maybe I ran a bit faster than planned on Monday. Physically, I felt great! As for last night, I just couldn't face doing even an easy six. It wouldn't have been the best run either physically or mentally so instead I rested up and am starting today with fresh legs and a renewed positive attitude.

As for the rest of this week? I'll be back on track with my regularly scheduled training.

I want to know: Do you plan on your workouts in advance? How flexible are you with your schedule?

- ST

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