Get a New Plan, Stan...

Running-wise, I am soooo bored of December.

The idea of "just running" was fun for a little while - five to six miles over lunch, sometimes pushing the pace, but sometimes not - not giving myself a hard time when I missed two days in a row and being mildly pleased when I'd done three.

But frankly, I'm sick of it. Though I planned to run over lunch today, I didn't and the simplest reason I can think of is because I didn't have anything planned that was genuinely easier or harder or different than what I did the few past few days.

Fitness-wise, I'm stagnating. I'm too bored to go slow on the easy days but without a plan I'm not doing any hard intervals, either. Consequently, every day is medium-ish which - if you've read - is a great way to hurt yourself and/or burn yourself out. Mission accomplished. :)

The good news, though, is that the end is in sight. The plan right now is to go six tomorrow and get up early for a Sunday AM eight. It's been a while since I've done that. Next week, I'm not going to get crazy with a plan because who needs that kind of pressure over Christmas, though I expect I'll run a handful of days. And then next weekend, the next "plan" begins - and not a moment too soon.

Oh - one more piece of great news. We just hired a guy at work that I used to run with. We're quite close pace-wise and I'm hopeful that we'll be able to hit some runs together which will also help, motivation-wise.

Comments

  1. Hang in there! Maybe you can try adding some fartlek intervals to liven up your workouts, or leave your watch etc behind and just enjoy the freedom of a run on your easy day. I'm glad to hear you will soon have a running buddy. And thanks for the Triabetes shout-out! We hope that the project will help everyone, not just triathletes. And, anyway, I am really a runner at heart myself. :) (although I'd have to say cycling has found a big place in my heart as well. ah shucks, swimming too!)

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  2. Making a plan I think is key, even over the holidays. Following it exactly is where I get in trouble. Not feeling well or Feeling a new ache somewhere and I continue in with my plan. Then I end up with a real injury. Give yourself to permission to change the plan as circumstances dictate.

    Merry Christmas

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  3. Thanks for the note, Anne! Happy Holidays to you, too, Greg!

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  4. yeah ... you gotta have a plan, otherwise its all just willy-nilly. glad to hear the next plan is just around the corner! i hate running without a plan!

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  5. I agree variety is key. I was getting really bored with running when I worked in Philly for a few months and ended up running the same loop 3-4 times a week.

    Are you still thinking of doing a hybrid Fitzgerald/FIRST training plan for the Lehigh Valley HM?

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