Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tweaking My Training

I like a schedule. I like following a schedule. For the last thirteen weeks, I've been following my marathon training to as close to perfection as I can get. When I came up with my training schedule, I read through lots of different plans online, did some reading in Jeff Galloway's book about marathons, and BAM...my training schedule was born. I'm not an expert at this. Sometimes I feel like I'm winging it, but things are going good, so I must be doing something right. 
                 
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Early this week I spent a lot of time analyzing my training schedule. Last Sunday I ran 15 miles. It was the farthest I have ever gone and everything was perfect. By Monday, I sort of forgot that I ran so far because my body felt good. Then it hit me...this weekend I was supposed to run 16 miles. I felt really nervous about hitting another big distance right after another and then doing it the week before heading to Disneyland for the Dumbo Double Dare. Over three weekends, my plan would've been: 15 miles, 16 miles, 19.3 miles. Something in my gut told me it was too much. 

So I did some tweaking to my training plan. I decided that if I could run 15 miles, then I could do 16 miles. I didn't want to push myself to run 16 miles so close to a big race (and yes the Dumbo Double Dare is a "big" deal to me...not because of the race itself, but because I'm traveling to California for it so I don't want to be even remotely injured). This weekend I ran 11 miles instead of 16. Once I return from Disneyland, my long run will be 18 miles. I hope I made the right decision about toning my mileage down this week. Guess time will tell....
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You know what stinks? Now that I've toned my mileage down from this one run (and the one run that I missed), I think I'll miss my 100 mileage goal for August. I'm not going to miss it by much, but I don't want to push myself beyond what my body needs right now. Things have been going way too smoothly to start messing things up. 

Have you ever had to adjust your training? Did you doubt your decision? 

8 comments:

  1. I think this is a wise decision, especially after the ankle trouble you had a few weeks ago. I technically began marathon training for St. Jude last month but I have tweaked my training to match Dumbo training each week and I don't regret it one bit!

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    1. Glad to hear you've done the same. It's so hard making these judgement calls about training. We've just got to go with our gut, right?

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  2. Good job listening to your gut! I think you made a wise decision. Can't wait to hear what you think about the Dumbo Challenge.

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    1. Thanks Adriana! I'll keep you posted on the Dumbo Challenge...I'm sure I'll be blowing up FB, Twitter, and Instagram...LOL

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  3. I think you really made the right decision, especially this close to the race. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks April! It was the timing with the race that had me nervous. I'm feeling much better about my decision.

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  4. Sorry about the 100 miles, but I think you made the right decision as well. Disneyland is going to be so much fun! Can't wait!

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    1. Thanks Karen! It's a bummer for sure about the 100 miles, but I'll get there. Looking forward to meeting you soon!

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