Friday, June 13, 2008

Without a plan, it is easy to get derailed...

When I was training for the marathon, I had a plan. Every day I knew what I should be doing and how far I should be running. If I changed from that plan, I had a reason. When you just run to run, it is WAY too easy to let other things get in the way.

This morning I decided I wanted to finally go for a run. My head has less snot than it has for two weeks and it is a beautiful day. I woke up at 6, checked e-mail/blogs a bit, then got dressed.... and then couldn't find my shoes. I looked everywhere for those shoes. Understand, I have several running shoes (I really need to recycle a pair or two) and I could have used an old pair. But I wanted my red ones. I wanted the ones with my Superfeet in them and my Nike + sensor. I hadn't worn them since the marathon and missed them. By 6:45 or so, I knew that the house would soon wake and my window was gone. Kenny is still hobbling on crutches and can't really wrangle a two-year-old to change her diaper and feed her breakfast. So, I didn't run.

But I did make cupcakes for our playgroup today. How's that for interesting choices... hmmmm, run or make cupcakes. I love my life. At least I am going to Stroller Strides and will get a decent workout in. I'll run between stations and get some of my running for the week in. I am going to attempt an eight mile run on Sunday with Laura. I hope that I can blow some of the cobwebs out before then.

So I need a plan. Without a plan, I am a person that gets too easily derailed. This weekend I am going to find a good half marathon training plan, put dates to it and stick it on the fridge. There are two months until America's Finest City half marathon and I would love to be able to do well. Now is the time to finally put some speed work officially into my workouts. With our novice marathon program, it was just about the miles. Now I need to work on my speed and technique. Wow. Am I a runner now????

By the way... I eventually found my shoes. As I was loading the stroller in the car, I found them sitting on the stroller. Hmmm.... interesting place. Maybe I was just meant to do a day of Stroller Strides and save my run for later.


Alissa said...

I think part of the plan should definitely be rest and enjoy a bit of time (maybe 2 weeks?) not having to run if you don't want to. They say that for every mile you run in a race, you need that many days to recover, so you need 26.2 days! That doesn't mean you can't run just take it easy and listen to your body. By the way, I think I am going to sign up for that half marathon too!!

Scott said...

Ahhhh, yes the plan (or lack of planning) on us SAHM's parts. It is the kiss of death. It's amazing the million distractions that come up during the day.


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