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Some days have themes. I don't necessarily post something in each of these topic areas every week.

Sunday: Church-related or spiritual things.
Monday: Running.
Tuesday: Books.
Wednesday: Transportation.
Friday: Green living.

20 June 2011

Best-Laid Plans

Due to an election on Saturday that Chad and I were both working, and a smashing headache (just mine) on Sunday, Chad and I got behind on our running. Oops.

I'm always this sweaty
when running. I'm not
always this smiley.
I proposed multiple solutions to the problem, from running two days in a row this week to just skipping the run that we missed altogether. Chad was a bit reluctant at first; he told me, "They don't like us to do that."

Me: Who's "they"?
Chad: The people who gave us the training program.
Me: I set the parameters for the training program! The only "they" here is ME!

That's totally true, by the way; I use Runner's World's SmartCoach feature, which is fantastic, should you be looking for a fast, free, customisable running programme.

Anyway, at the end we came to a compromise: We will run every other day until we are caught up. Barring further incidents, we'll be back on track completely by next Saturday. That's the happy advantage of only running three days per week-- snags are easily fixed. And now if you'll excuse me, I should be running. And by all means, do get out today and enjoy the final day of spring.

How do you cope with snags that come up in your plans?


Anonymous said...

I thought that was a grimace of pain.

Anonymous said...

All this talk about running really wants to make me go. ;) I always cope with snags by just doing double time and catching up.

Chadwick said...

I play it out to see what may come of a "snag." Recast with a better aim or just change what I'm casting for? I catch a tree, then set it free and watch it blow in the wind. :)

Jenny said...

I cope by having a cup of tea before attempting to fix anything. And I might throw caution completely to the wind and mess about on Facebook for a half hour. Then I feel ready to deal with the snag. Perhaps I've just explained to myself what my major problem is... ;) LOL

Su said...

@mybabyjohn: I'm sure there's some of that in there, too. Although this particular race, I was happy at the end because I ran faster than anticipated.

@Madeline: Then my work here is done. :)

@Chad: That's good, because I'd hate for you to bring a tree home. Where would it live?

@Jenny: Hey, me too! Great coping mechanisms! :)

a runners' life said...

Great work with the running Su :) I think it's normal to sometimes have to deter from your training program. As long as you get back to it within a day or two, there's nothing to worry about.

I get a little frustrated when there are snags in my plans so on days when I know something will come up I do my workout before 6am. If that doesn't work, I try to double up like meeting friends for a workout at the gym. Then sometimes, it is much easier to go with the flow and not worry too much about it.

Abby Minard said...

Wow, that's dedication! I need to get into a better walking schedule. I try to walk my dog every morning, but have missed a few. I always seem to have glitches in my plans, it just seems to work out that way ;p

Su said...

@runner: Part of our problem has been a lack of a regular sleep/wake schedule-- Chad has a late evening class so we go to bed later, but I have to be at work by 9 AM, plus it's really hot, so we have to balance how late we can sleep and how fast we can run. I think we're getting there.

@Abby: Life brings glitches, I always say! Actually I never say that, but I think I'm going to start.