Gonna break out of the typical training Tuesday mold.  Last week I ditched my training plan – I hadn’t been working it due to life & illness.  I couldn’t expect to jump in at the end and see results.

My half is 2 weeks away, its too late in the game to make a significant improvement.  However, I’ve got my eye on another half marathon December 1st.  That’s 10 weeks away.  Given the base I’m running on currently, I think I’ll be able to end 2013 – the year of the half marathon – with a bang.

Yes, I know my “break” from a training plan didn’t last very long.  I didn’t expect it would.  What it allowed for was enough of a break to sit back and examine what I’m doing wrong, including but not limited to:

  • Missing training runs
  • Expecting to miss 3-4 weeks then pick up at an advanced part of the plan
  • Half-assing the plan
  • Picking an unrealistic plan

I don’t blame myself for doing these things, but I would if I didn’t learn from it.  Here’s what I’ve learned and how I’m moving forward:

  • Appointment with my allergy/asthma doctor today
  • Starting a new plan this week
  • Picking a new plan/committing to it*

*Kelly & I had picked the Hal Hidgon advanced plan.  For me, the problem is I’m just not an advanced runner.  This has nothing to do with my skill or the number of miles under my feet.  I’m just not the kind of runner willing to put that kind of effort into a plan.  Kelly is, and the plan is working for her.

I’m more of an intermediate girl, and that’s okay.  While I don’t expect huge improvements in my time, I also know I won’t put forth huge efforts in training.  I’d rather run less/easier and have enough of my day left for other parts of my life. 

I’d rather stay up watching TV with my husband than go to bed early.
I’d rather sleep “in” (till 6:16) than get up early for a run.
I’d rather go for a social run after work and enjoy the company, than to go off on my own for speed work.
I’d rather have a glass of wine in the hot tub than whatever it is serious runners do before a race.

None of those things are “good” or “bad.”  Its just a matter of choosing what’s better for me.  And that’s what truly makes this Boo super.

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