Planning

I’m a bit of a planner.  I like to have a schedule.  I like to know what I’m doing when.  If I have a goal, I like to know what steps I need to take to get there.  So when I have a race, I like to have a training plan to follow.  This is mostly because if I don’t have a plan, I won’t train, and then I will fail miserably at the race.

So I made a great marathon training plan based on a Hal Higdon plan.  I modified it slightly to fit my schedule, knowing that I had races on certain weekends and events that would leave me swamped on other weekends.  I even left a bit of padding in case something happened and I didn’t get in a long run as planned.

And then I stuck to my schedule.  Which is awesome.  Except that it now needed some serious tweaking or I was going to be ready for the race way too early.  So I enlisted the help of some amazing friends and now I have a new plan.

  • Nov 18 – Philadelphia Half
  • Nov 25 – 17 miles
  • Dec 2 – 14 miles
  • Dec 9 – 18 miles (maybe including a 15k race, maybe not)
  • Dec 15/16 – 5 mile race and two epic choir concerts that hurt more than any run
  • Dec 21 – 20 miles.  Eeep.

Yes, December 21 is a Friday.  I have that day off and planned to use it for getting ready for my trip to my hometown for Christmas and then to a friend’s wedding in Michigan.  But it makes sense to also do a 20 mile run that day.  Does that leave me slightly stressed with all of the other things I will need to do, like pack and get the house ready for the pet sitter?  Absolutely.  But it’s how things work best.  And now that I know the plan, I can work the plan and get everything done in time.

And then run a marathon.  Yikes.

One thought on “Planning

  1. I have to run a 20 miler that weekend too, so if you wanted to wait until you got here, we could do the Forest Park Loop a few times or run in Highland. Way more fun than running alone 🙂

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