Friday, May 18, 2012

A plan ... sort of

I was ready to run this morning. I had on my capris and shirt. My socks and shoes were downstairs. I had a cup of coffee and an oatmeal jam bar.

I was all ready.

Almost all ready. It seemed my stomach wasn't on board. When I was within 10 minutes of my must-leave time frame and still not feeling better, I knew I had to cancel. It's a bummer, too, because I was really looking forward to it - especially after spending all day home with a sick Miles yesterday.

Normally, I'd be in a shit for missing a run but I'm still operating on the no plan plan. I have for the most part decided to do a half marathon Labor Day weekend (either the Indy Women's half or the local Parlor City Trot), which will really be incorporated into my marathon plan. So I have time to do what I want.

Sort of.

Mark has determined that he's going to push me this summer so we can rock the Fort-4-Fitness 4-miler. And if I'm going to be coerced into speedwork (after swearing it off), I at least want to do it systematically. I looked around at a few plans - the "Train Like a Mother" own it 5K, a few of Hal Higdon's schedules - but in the end I decided on the Women's Running Magazine Perfect 5K plan.

"A 5K plan?" you say.

I know. I know. However, what drew me to this plan was a decent long run (the longest at 8 miles), manageable speedwork and my ability to tweak the plan to still keep my weekly mileage at 20+. It also allows me to focus on BODYPUMP instructor training as I work toward my video.

The run I  missed today was a 2-mile tempo run with a 10-15 minute warmup and cooldown. While this would be considered a key workout, I am running a 5K on Sunday afternoon. The only thing I'll have to do is tweak my long run Sunday morning so I still have some energy for the race.

Ah, the beauty of the no plan plan.

What do you during down time?


  1. You crazy! Come to Indy - period! Hope you're feeling better!

  2. what is an 'oatmeal jam bar'??