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Planning it all out

I am a planner by nature. I love knowing what I am going to do and when I am going to do it. This goes hand in hand with my obsessive love for organization. So, naturally, when I am training for a big race I make a training schedule for myself. This way I know how far to run and when to run.  I am not always honest with myself about my runs. I will skip a run here and there because no one is there to keep me accountable. I am going to try something new over the next few months. I am going to post my running schedules each week in hopes that you will help remind me to get off my ass and go running!

Here goes nothing…

Week of December 31 – January 6
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 3 miles
Wednesday – 3 miles
Thursday – 3 miles
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 6 miles
Sunday – rest

Week of January 7 – January 13
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 3 miles
Wednesday – 4 miles
Thursday – 3 miles
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 7 miles
Sunday – rest

Since we have Jeff’s kids every other week I have easier weeks to run than others. When the kids are with us we make them our focus and we try and put family activities first. Meaning I have to run in the early mornings. When we are alone for the week I am able to run after work so I can sleep in, because giving up that extra hour and a half is brutal when it is under 20* outside.

I am going to be firm with myself, but not strict. I am starting with low mileage since I am just coming back from my 5th knee surgery and I don’t want to push it into another injury. If I have to miss a day because my knee hurts, then I miss a day. No matter what though, I will not miss my long runs, that is what killed me during my first marathon (I missed 2 or 3 of my long runs close to marathon time), that and some massive knee pain during the race didn’t help much either. I want to be able to run my second marathon with confidence. I want to be able to PR for myself, I want to prove to myself that 6:12:10 is not the best that I can do.

And if my knee consistently gives me issues, then I will cut back to running only 3 days a week instead of 4. I am just happy that I CAN run after 5 surgeries that I can give up an extra day each week should I need it.

There you have it, my running schedule for the next two weeks. I am going to post my schedule each day (I hope) in order to keep myself in check. IF I am able to run all of my training days then I’ll have run 415 miles, which is more than I have ever run before. WOW. I hope I can do it!

Do you post your training schedules?  Do you create lists?  Do you plan out your week?

I don’t know where I would be without organization and lists!

Comments

  1. I am certainly also a list person. Helps me keep it all together! I’m training for the Glass City full also. In our house, my husband and I are both training, and the plans go on the refridgerator. That way, it makes it easy to see what’s on tap for the day, and also it’s a great feeling checking off those boxes everyday. Especially on the rest days :)
    I was up and running at 5:30 this morning – but luckily I have a treadmill. Sorry about you having to endure the cold!!

    • I make a list for everything! I used to post my training plan on the fridge, too, but I found that I got too used to looking at it, so I now put my training into my planner and that way it is an appointment with myself each day! It is days like we have been having that make me wish I had a treadmill!

  2. I’m a daily planner kind of girl. I figure out which days I’m running at the beginning of the week, but the actual distance is usually decided day of or maybe the day before. This week is killing me because my long run has been pushed back, which may mess up next week. But if I try to plan to much ahead, something always happens to throw a wrench in my life LOL.

    • If I don’t give myself a definite plan then the whole thing gets treated like a have to then a want to. I hear ya with something always throwing a wrench in your plans, that happens to me often!

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