During my four year career in college basketball, I often looked forward to the summers. Those few months were filled with no strict training plan, no scheduled workouts. I knew I had to be in shape come September but there never was a plan on how to get into shape - I just ran. Those summers were filled with weeks of morning runs and track workouts. I was out on the road (or the track) all by myself just putting one foot in front of the other, letting my heart guide me.
It was thrilling to not have a coach telling me what to do. I could choose to run long or short, fast or slow. I didn't care about mileage - I knew my routes and my best times for those routes and I would just try to beat those times every time I ran the route.
Not much has changed since I left the world of organized sports. I still don't really have a training plan. I tried to follow one last summer and it worked well but I ended up having hip/knee problems. When I finally got back into running, I decided that training plans weren't really my style. The excitement for me is sitting down the night before and planning out the next mornings run. I think with a training plan, I take it too seriously and push too hard. I don't need the pressure, I just need to run.
I am not saying that training plans are bad or wrong. I basically have a training plan - it just isn't written down. I know each week that I will do a slower run, a longer run, a faster run, a track workout. Each week just doesn't look like the last. It is all about flexibility for me. Maybe someday I will give a training plan a try again and see how it goes.
So what am I training for next? Well there is the Boilermaker 15k (my 6th year running it!) in early July and then a half marathon in September that I am running for fun with friends along with many other fun races scattered in between (most likely 5ks or 10ks). What are you training for?
This mornings run was anything but uneventful! I was running a hilly out and back route and as I was about half a mile from home I was passing by a walker and tripped, rolled my ankle, scraped both my knees and one hand. It was not pretty plus I was embarrassed because I fell right in front of the woman walker! I half ran, half hobbled the rest of the way home to clean myself up. My ankle is still a little tender, I will just have to keep an eye on it all day!
4 miles/31:59/8:00 pace