Since I really started running again, I haven’t had a plan of attack. I just do it. I found that this approach worked, but now that I have my motivation again, I need a plan. Originally, I felt that if I put myself on a quota of miles or forced myself to do something I wasn’t ready for, I would never find my love for running again.
I ran completely off feeling, which is a great thing to do in my opinion because you’re just letting something be. Letting it happen. You’re just running. Not slow. Not fast. There’s no clock to judge you. You’re just running. As I got stronger, I started to push myself to go farther. I’m at the point where I feel comfortable enough with myself to get out the door. My hunger is there. I’m just overwhelmed and all over the place. My issue is figuring out a running plan and organizing myself. I still believe it’s good to just run some days, but balance is always great if you’re trying to hit times. Otherwise, I get lost. It seems like such a simple thing –a plan– But I honestly do not know running as well as I thought I did. I mean structurally. I need a plan so I don’t fall off the wagon without realizing it.
Without a race to look forward to, I get lost in my weeks and I have no idea what I just did or if I did enough or If I push things off and then all of a sudden it’s Friday and I have a lot makin’ up to do. Like, seriously I know it was only three days ago, but I’m not sure if I ran 6 miles Thursday or Friday and if I went the full six because I felt bad, or was that Monday? There is so much going on, I’m scatterbrained. My goal right now is to work on my half marathon time. I have never trained for a half in my life.
My next half marathon is in January. I may do one again before that, but I haven’t decided. I definitely need to do some races in the mean time to keep me in check. This past week, I wasn’t feeling too hot, so I opted to take a couple of days off. I just got a new foam roller, so I pretty excited about that!
I have a strong past background with training and running, but I never realized how difficult it is to decide how much mileage I should be doing, what workouts I should be doing and when I should be racing. Oh, and have a social life and a full time job and possibly go back to school. I need to start emulating Beyonce. I have to give my college coach mad props for figuring that all out for about 40 athletes plus. I can barely figure it out for myself. Yet, every excuse is an obstacle that is either overcome or made. My end goal is to have running and mostly training a subconscious habit I make daily/weekly.
I have researched a few running plans, that I will give a shot. Hal Higdon and Cool Running have been my top choices to follow. I think I need to let go of the past a bit more, because I was so used to training a certain way and I keep wanting to jump back there. But, I need a fresh start.
Here is the plan I decided to pick up:
I have always ran as part of a team and doing this whole thing mostly solo is somewhat overwhelming at times. Organizing myself is a big mental game. So, I’m working on having a goal to work toward. I realized that once I hadn’t any races coming up, I didn’t focus on my running as in depth. It’s interesting, during this process of “relearning” running, I’m learning quite a bit about myself. It’s a daily challenge I have to be extremely conscientious about.
Next weeks goals:
- Create a steady running plan
- Get a running journal to track my training
- Stay consistent
- Ursula Rains Balboa Boogie 5K at Morley Field: October 3 (Haven’t decided on this one)
- Cougar Challenge Women’s 5K/Men’s 8K at CSU San Marcos Track: October 18
What training plans are you following?
Any tips on organizing training and not being all over the place?