The Gameplan.

Well hey there! You thought I forgot about you didn’t I? Trust me, I could never! Cutting to the chase here, the (fairly minimal) running I’ve been doing has been boring (read: all on the treadmill) and hasn’t seemed like it would merit any kind of post. It’s just been so cold up here in the Capital Region of NY and the -10 degree temperature combined with windchill and barely any sunlight when my schedule allows me to run has forced me inside since I got back (excepting two runs) and probably will for the next 4 weeks or so.

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The view for 95% of my runs for what feels like the last EVER. GET ME BACK ON THE ROADS AND OFF THIS DAMN MACHINE.

 Not to worry! I’ve been running right around 2 miles most of the time which is nothing to be excited about but on a treadmill 2 miles seems like 10 outside. Mostly this has just kept my legs busy and let me feel like I was doing something for my legs. As I mentioned last semester when I was signing up for classes I’m taking Pilates this semester and oh my god I’ve learned to control muscles I didn’t know existed (and learned to control them in ways I didn’t know existed). As someone who has always felt like they’re struggled with core work this is seriously exciting and while I know I’m just barely beginning I’m really liking this (and the fact that I get college credit for it doesn’t hurt). Also I’m starting to get back into rock climbing and that’s not something I can really plan ahead for in my running schedule because of a couple uncertain variables but I can’t contain my excitement about this. Yay interesting and fun forms of exercise! weee!

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Proof that I went to the rock gym.

But! More importantly! Yesterday I sat down with my running log from the past month and  half and with a blank self-made calendar for the next 10 weeks and I planned out my half marathon training. Last year I really only focused on distance and this time around I’m adding more cross training (thank you Pilates), hill workouts, tempo runs, fartleks, and track workouts. The biggest difference that I think will help me actually enjoy training? The fact that I made my schedule flexible.

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Before.

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And after.

Usually I wake up bright and early on Saturday morning to do my long runs. This is what I did all last spring and fall. While, yes, I have specific distance written for each day, I can switch and swap out those distances for other days. I already know that there are Saturdays that I can’t run because of field trips, road trips, and the like. And if I’m being honest, there are going to be Friday nights when a band is playing that I really want to see and going out and getting to sleep at 3:00 only to wake up at 7:30 for a 9 miler just doesn’t sound that appealing to me. And yes, I do realize that technically according to the plan I’ll be running 5 days in arow, starting with a long run, and then with two days off. No, there won’t actually be a week that looks like that. I’m literally forcing myself to make a plan and then deviate; how interesting!

So! Flexibility in scheduling, more focus on speed, and more fun (and unfortunately more treadmill to begin with) is a pretty good summary of what this training cycle is going to look like. Let’s hope it all goes as planned!

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P.S. I’m reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and it’s keeping me motivated to just do this whole half marathon thing as best as I can. More updates on what I think of the book as I keep reading.

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