Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How Do You Handle Training Setbacks?

Ever have a workout that just doesn't go as planned? 

I had one of those yesterday. I looked forward to my track session all day. It was going to be my first outing to Hart Park of the season and I couldn't wait. I drove over after work, grabbed my spike bag and ... the track was closed for a football game. It was a total bummer, but I knew I wasn't far from the Pettit indoor track so I decided to drive over there. And ... the Pettit track was closed for repairs!

Hart Park - my favorite track

At that point, I had wasted nearly an hour driving around Milwaukee and still had a 9 mile workout to do. As I drove back downtown, I considered my options. Try a high school track that's not too far from downtown. Try to run the workout on the road. Go to the gym and run the workout on a treadmill. Eventually, I decided the best option was to run my warmup miles outside and then hit the YMCA indoor track for my mile repeats and cooldown.

Although it wasn't exactly the track workout I had been dreaming of all day, it was fine and the important thing was that I got my miles in despite the setbacks. I think that's what being successful in running often boils down to - being consistent and not allowing excuses to get in the way of workouts!

Hopefully the rest of this week will go according to plan. Here's my schedule:

Monday: 6 mile run + Kettle Bell Classes Strength Training
Tuesday: 9 mile speed workout, inc. 4x1 mile
Wednesday: 7 mile run + Strength Training
Thursday: 8 mile run + Y-Blitz
Friday: 6 mile run
Saturday: 11 mile run, inc. cutdown miles
Sunday: Rest Day

Total: 47 miles

My questions for you:
  • How do you handle workout setbacks?
  • What's on your training plan for the week?

Running is a gift - never take it for granted :)

- ST

10 comments:

  1. That's some weekly mileage!
    I really like tracks for quarter-mile/half mile repeats. Monday I had the same kind of workout as yours - 8 miles with 4x1 mile, and did that at Greenfield Park; just about two laps around their lagoon is a mile. Not entirely flat, but a good workout. Way to get it done!

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    1. Ooh, I love quarters on the track - probably my favorite workout :) I've never run at Greenfield Park but will have to check it out - sounds like you had a great workout and it was so nice outside on Monday!

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  2. It's always a little bit of a let down when plans things don't go as planned and you're so excited about particular workout, but you're right, consistency and no excuses are what makes a runner! I try to remember that even when things don't go as planned, I have the power to interpret it in either a positive or negative way and sounds like you looked at it in a positive way! :) Your training schedule looks great this week! I think its awesome that you're cross training is so varied. I'm curious, what's Y-Blitz? I've never been to a YMCA so I'm assuming it has something to do with that? And as for my training, I finally was able to do a workout yesterday!

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    1. Yay! Glad to hear you were able to do a workout - can't wait to read about it on your blog :)

      Y-Blitz is the Y's version of Cross Fit/boot camp. It's a great workout - although I have to limit how often I do the class when running more miles!

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  3. I hate it when my workouts don't go as planned. I love being meticulous about my planning so it really upsets me when my game is thrown off. I'm trying to roll with the punches better!

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    1. I am the same way - I love planning things out and following a schedule. Little setbacks tend to throw me off :)

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  4. I hear ya Sun! I've gotten much better, but my job requires me to be flexible with my training. There are days when I am so stressed, I run on planned rest days.And days I feel defeated and tweak my schedule so i can take a night off. All and all, I make it even out, even if that means getting up early, or doing a double. It's getting better, and in May I'm hoping to be able to follow the plan the way I've planned it, if that makes any sense at all.

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    1. I'm looking forward to our get together in a few weeks to hear how your training is going. The plan you put together looked great to me!

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  5. I just found this blog and I love it! Thank you for maintaining it! I wanted to add that my biggest setback are injuries which take a lot of patience and constant attention. I went undiagnosed with Celiac for about 10 years since the onset of symptoms and the malnutrition I faced caused my bone density to plummet. I had an average weekly mileage of 30-60 miles for two years before 3 stress factures ended that. Since then I've barely gotten above 20 miles/week. This setback and reoccurring pains in those areas have been the biggest lesson in patience and flexibility in what I do for workouts and when!

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    1. Kate, thanks for reading and I'm so sorry to hear about your stress fractures! I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to try to run and train around those major injuries. I'm glad to hear you are still able to run some and hopefully that mileage will continue to grow as you recover.

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