Planned vs Actual
”Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”
Last Monday, I wrote out my training plan for the week ahead. So, how did I do?
Let’s review the planned training and the actual.
Mon – Rest from running As planned
Tues – 6-8k Hills at a 5 to 10 K pace Interval running
Weds – 5k at an easy pace 5.3k at 5:21 min/km pace
Thurs – 6.5k at a 5k pace No running
Fri – Rest from running 8.8k at 6:17 min/km pace
Sat – 5k at a 5k pace Hill walk for about 5k
Sun – 20k – Long Slow Run (LSR) 10k hill walk
Review of last week
Well, strictly speaking, I didn’t keep to the plan. Here’s my excuses:
- Christchurch seems like flattest part of New Zealand. From where I live to my nearest decent hill is about 6km and I wasn’t organised enough to get there in time. It was only later I thought about driving there and back.
- On Thursday, a work commitment took priority. So I ran on Friday a bit longer to make up
- On the weekend, I went hillwalking – or tramping – with friends. A last minute invite and very good fun.
Am I disappointed? Have I hurt my training? Was the plan a failure?
To fail to plan is to plan to fail
True, it’s a cliche but also true. While I didn’t follow my plan exactly, the very act of having one forced me out the door in the evening – through the rain and wind – to try and hit my training targets. For me, that’s the main point: get out and train. To have a routine.
For my last marathon in December, I struggled to keep to any semblance of a training routine. I finished in 5:38 – 50 minutes slower then my October marathon. That difference was a lack of routine – of not running enough and so I lost my conditioning.
Finally, I’m not a professional or even a decent amateur athlete. I’m still finding my way. Like everyone, I’ve got work and life commitments (laundry/shopping/making friends!). And I can’t always square the circle between those lives and my running ambitions.
That said, I know I will figure out how to square that circle.
As long as I Keep on Going.
Plan of the week: Monday 28th April 2014
Mon – Rest from running
Tues – 6-8k Hills at a 5 to 10 K pace
Weds – 5k at an easy pace
Thurs – 6.5k at a 5k pace
Fri – Rest from running
Sat – 5k at a 5k pace
Sun – 20k – Long Slow Run (LSR)
The eagle eyed will note it’s the same as last week’s. Last weekend’s hillwalking was a physical challenge and got me sweating and puffing, but I know I’ve got to put miles in the bank in my legs.
The weekend will be challenging. There’s a work team building exercise.
Let’s see how we get on.
Keep on Going,