I mentioned briefly in my Manic Monday post that I’m officially training for a 10k on March 21. Since I’ve never actually run a 10k race before (just a couple of virtual races), I wanted to get back to having a training plan so I can hopefully set a new PR. What happened is what usually happens for me: I found a plan and totally doctored it to suit my needs. I was initially set to run a 5 miler that same weekend, but then the race was moved to a later date, so I started with a 5 mile/8k training plan from Hal Higdon.
I had to switch around the running versus cross training days because of my rehearsal schedule, but the basic idea is still the same. Right now, my running days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I do CXWORX on Thursdays, and try to fit Body Pump in where I can. Basically the only day I can fit it in is Tuesdays at 6am, which simply isn’t going to be a regular occurrence. I heart sleep too much. And I keep hoping to get to yoga on Sunday mornings before rehearsal, but again, I heart sleep.
Technically, I’m in week 4 right now, but as is always the case for me, I fudge things more often than not. I have all of the scheduled runs written in my planner, but I’m not super married to The Plan, whatever The Plan is in any particular instance. I don’t know, I just have some kind of psychological block against following plans to a “T.” I just try to run a few times a week, with at least one “longer” run, and I want to get as close to 6 miles as possible before race day.
Are you good at following a training plan, or do you play it fast and loose like me?