My training plan, needs a little bit of an overhaul, and really the only one I can blame for this is myself. Because I’m the one that sets these things up. I must have been in a bit of a rush back in June, ok I was really in a rush because I came up with this ON day one of training and I wasn’t thinking that far in advance. And now it needs some cleaning up.
There is a lot of chicken scratch and hand written changes, but that’s the way I like to do things. I don’t think you should be tied down by any plan just because it was written out like that at the begining. Things change, goals change, and I think the most sucessful plans are based upon flexibility. What I originally came up with worked in the begining, I feel like I’m in a really great place with my training, but I think im starting to feel like I want to reach for more.
First of all, what was I thinking not including any sharpening (speed work) into a plan for a race where I want to have a kick ass time? I was so excited with all the time between June and October that I thought it would be neat to alterate long/short long runs. Only problem is that would put my longest long run the week before taper = no time for sharpening. Hence the black handwritten numbers with a potential change in long run distance.
Also don’t you just love how I left the taper completely blank? Just another one of those “I’ll figure it out when I get there” parts of my plan. With the exception of doing a 6 mile long run the week before the race, I havn’t really figured out what or how much taper I even want to do. I could skip it all together, I have done that when I had a half as part of marathon training, but since I don’t have a marathon I’m thinking maybe that’s not the best idea?
I guess that’s the best part of being my own coach, being able to figure out everything as I go and being able to take everything one week at at time. It’s more work to have to come up with everything myself than just having it handed to me, but in the end it’s something I enjoy so why not do it.
Do you follow one set plan from begining to end of training, or do you change it up as things go along?