Do You Follow Your Training Plan Without Exception?
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!
Member Comments About This Blog Post
For me, I pretty much have no choice but to follow my plan. As a father of two little ones (2.5 year old, and a 3 month old), my wife and I share the load, and if I don't workout on the days I've arranged with her, then I can't make it up the next day, sadly. She works out on my off-days, so it's a sticky wicket. I'm happy enough though, I just keep visualizing my goals and remembering how much I've lost already, and it gets me through the workouts. It's important to listen to your body though, and I've had many moments where I've had to slow my run, or finish a strength exercise early due to feeling a muscle cramp coming on, etc. So yeah, it's super important to know your limits. :-D
1690 days ago
Donna, oh wise one.....you always seem to know when to listen to your body and when to push through. Slow learner? Maybe....but when you learn the lesson, you learn it well!
1693 days ago
It sounds like listening to your body IS part of your plan. That's a great tool to have. (I'm still working on that) Keep on running, my friend.
1694 days ago
Frankly, I wish I had "a plan". I wanted to lose 20-30 lbs and so far I've managed to lose 25 of that. I wanted to be more fit and I consistently walk 3 or more miles nearly every day. I keep saying I need to strength train, but I do so VERY inconsistently and I also talk about training for a 5K but have really done nothing toward that end. I don't know if I am not motivated, or am just making excuses: I'm busy, but so is everybody, I have a family to take care of, but so does everybody, my knees hurt and yes, most older women's do! So what's next? I've told you before, I totally admire all you have accomplished especially at your age (don't take that the wrong way, I don't think you are old) but it is harder as we age to do things like lift weights and run. Some days I have so much energy and other days I think I don't even want to walk for 15 minutes. I need to find the secret to forming a plan and then sticking with it without letting everything else, whether it be real or made-up excuses that keep foiling me.
1694 days ago
I'm not exactly in training, unless you consider a regular exercise schedule as "training" for a healthy lifestyle. I am not very consistent with my exercise, but I am working on that. I am not much of a sitter (couch potato), but when it's too hot to walk outside I try to use the dreadmill. I don't push myself and I probably should.
You on the other hand are listening to your body which is THE best way to work out (run).
Flexibility I believe, is what makes for a long term goal. Have a great week and keep running with your body in tune.
1694 days ago
That's what you are! I admire your attitude.
1694 days ago
Great blog on monitoring your body's responses and issues as well as realizing that some days you do and some days you can't. Understanding your by is key. Knowing how to check heart rate is not something I've mastered, and my fourth child gave me a polar thing a mabob to monitor it, but it's technology for a challenged person. I'm not to old to learn, I just need to have someone guide me for the first few times. After 5 1/4 pregnancies my body does not allow running. Swimming works but I need to get my butt down to the pool and I need co-operative weather. Happily I prefer swimming early or late in the day-less sun, less chance of melanoma like my mom.
I'm sure you realize you are forcing me to raise the bar, somehow!
1694 days ago
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