First order of business, if you’re one of the many who got here looking for the Hot Chocolate 15K Disaster, go here. If you were one of the many stuck in traffic (different experience than those of us who stood around in the cold, but still got to run), let’s hear it! Every side of the story varies.
Moving on! In things not related to chocolate or disasters, the legs had a great race. I had a modest goal, because 20,000 is a high number for a “shorter” distance. Visions of weaving, trampling and frustrations danced in my head – the idea of sprinting right through was virtually nonexistent.
The crowd-navigation proved to be a little easier than anticipated; the “Race Course Map” that I didn’t bother checking displayed a few hills that were not anticipated (until the morning-of).
The plan I used to “train” for a speedy (for me) race – uh, wait.
No, there was no plan. I used The Plan of No-Plan. It has worked for me before, it’s working right now – I’ll take it.
Yesterday, Tiffany asked:
My answer(s) to that question vary by the race, month, week, or day. I’ve learned a lot training for 26.2s; I’ve run 13.1s that required training, and some that didn’t (i.e. a “base, maintained” – something that comes & goes); I’ve raced many, many short distances without a goal – just to see what the legs can do on that day.
Right now, I’m running when I want to and doing the other things that I file under “fun” – yoga, sleeping in sometimes, not worrying about mileage or pace & just running to run. I do a weekly run with the Saturday group who tackles 10+ miles, and weekday adventures with my buddy, Kate, who prefers to go a bit faster (hence, I go faster, too).
There are a ton of races in the area, so sometimes I hop into them and tell the muscles to GO. There is no Plan; I prefer it that way.
In reading through some of the days I’ve talked about “training” – or my lack thereof – I think these points sum up my attitude & approach:
- How to: Speed Up your Speed-work – switch up the routine!
OR find a group, a run-buddy, or both that either meets for speed-work and/or just happens to go fast. STICK with them. It’ll make you faster, too.
- Use that cross-training day! It’s inserted into almost every written plan, and there’s a good reason for it. The muscles appreciate something other than pavement-pounding.
- Take Risks. Don’t over-analyze the “what if’s”; that’s all.
- Revamp things – life changes, those little squares telling you how many miles to run and how fast to run them? They can change, too. It’s cool.
- Strengthen those muscles! Running will only do so much – a fitness class that does anything outside of the running realm will be quick to teach you this lesson. Listen.
- Figure out what motivates you. Sometimes it’s as simple as a cute new shirt, talking about your favorite city. Sometimes it’s progress. Sometimes it’s a text from your also-training sister.
- Be Flexible. Schedules will do anything but stay the same week-to-week; put a lid on stubbornness and go with the flow, when needed.
- …last, but not least, the simple mantra. DO IT NOW. Stick to your guns.
What tips do you have to add to that list?
Are you a No-planner, or do you stick the a schedule like glue?
We all function differently! There are many ways to prep the legs for a starting line (and I’ve had some fun figuring out those that work, along with those that don’t….), the only thing you can do wrong is assume you can’t cross the finish line.