Sunday, June 30, 2013
You already know that I don't!
I used to be much stricter in my adherence to my plan. I have learned, the hard way, that for me, that is not necessarily the best thing.
Lately, my training plan has been pretty loose. I've had a plan that strives for a weekly mileage but the plan often includes shorter runs daily and I know that for me, at 61 with my unique set of issues with my knees etc. daily runs aren't usually the best option. So my plan is an outline and I approach that outline with my own way of reaching the end results. Ok, I know this isn't necessarily going to result in the biggest gains in my speed and endurance but that's not what it's about for me.
In the heat, I approached each run with the goals of keeping my pace and heart rate consistently in range. The hoped for mileage was in my mind but I ran on those days by time more than distance.
I had a day when I had a run scheduled but a severe headache and upset stomach said not today. Knowing that the heat was a big part of the problem I focused on my hydration and keeping my body cool and woke up the next day feeling great and more than ready for a run.
Now yesterday should have been a run day again but I was dragging tail all day. We had been to a wedding and I ate and drank differently that I normally do and I think it really put me off in my energy levels. I gave in to the feeling. I rested. I had had an especially bad sleep night and I could tell. The best thing about listening to my body and doing what was best for me is that I had a great night's sleep last night and knew that a run today was going to happen.
Not only did the run happen, but though I only needed a short run to fill my weekly mileage quota, I felt so good that I again made an adjustment and went for a long run. My run was good, I kept my pace and heart rate consistent. I wore my Garmin but it was my internal monitor that told me when to slow down.
I've been a slow learner.............but I just may finally have this lesson learned!