After doing that six-mile trail run in five inches of snow and then shoveling the driveway on Sunday, I was pretty tender.
Not waking-up-in-agony-at-4 a.m. tender though; just good ol’ fashioned this-is-how-I know-I-got-a-hell-of-a-workout tender. Which is the best kind, in my opinion.
Today, I’m all better and I’m enthusiastic about getting back to my half-marathon training plan and cranking out some serious mileage. On solid ground.
Wait, do I have a plan?
I would like to say I was inspired by the Running Shorts No Training Marathon Training Plan; but in truth, I just forgot.
It seems that January is not only the month when resolutioners hit the gym, but also when all marathoner-bloggers (marathloggers?) start working on their training plans.
Typically these plans consist of color-coding, excel sheets, and cryptic messages like, “int., 8×800 @ 7:11;” and “7 mi @ 9:05.”
I have gone this route in the past, but never stuck to it. Not even once. I have never even come close.
So this time, since I should already be several weeks into a training schedule I haven’t been following anyway, I decided to just keep it casual:
Tuesdays: easy 4-6 miles
Thursdays: harder 4-6, incorporating speed or at least, keeping it in the back of my head. But if we’re being honest, just a regular 4-6 miles with a halfhearted sprint at the end.
Saturdays: easy 5k
Sundays: long run; 8+
It’s as much of a plan as I will realistically stick to, and this way I won’t feel compelled to do an Alcoholics Anonymous-esque moral inventory of my life when things don’t go exactly according to plan.
Are you a planner, or do you like to keep things mellow?