In which I give up on my old plan…and come up with a new plan.
That time of the week again: reviewing my planned against my actual. Yet again, I’ve not lived unto my plan. Happily, this was only partly down to my recurring lack of motivation. I actually got really, really busy doing fun stuff this week and lost out on my running time.
However, I’ve also had a long hard luck at my planning and decided it’s time to change tack.
Planned vs Actual
Last week’s plan was:
I got a short (2k) run on Tuesday. This was because I was late from a work meeting and had to squeeze it in on my way to an evening meeting in Christchurch. Not being able to run the full 5k was a bit of a bummer, but I decided to walk to and from my event – 2km each way.
Again, work and other stuff got in my way. I didn’t manage the rest of the plan. However, I did manage to go to my first Pilates mat class in weeks on Saturday and I ran a very nice 5k on Sunday.
I was annoyed at myself (again) for failing to meet my plan. Then, I had a thought – maybe it’s not me. Maybe it’s my planning.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
The quote’s been rattling round my head this week. As has:
Perseverance: the secret of all triumphsVictor Hugo
There was quite a lot of tension in my head this week. Guilt at not meeting the plan, desire to change to something that worked, fear over being a quitter. Shame at not being able to meet my goals: that ultimately I’ll never get to run my BMQ dream.
See, the big problem this week hasn’t been the evening events. It’s been my unwillingness to work around these and maybe run in the morning or shorten the runs. In other words, because I was busy I was using ‘lack of time’ as an excuse.
For example, I knew I wouldn’t have the time to do Wedsnesday’s 8k. Did I decide to run a shorter distance or swop it for another training run? No. I was too rigid – if I didn’t run the 8k that day, then I was a failure. This led into a bad feedback loop compounded by how busy I was during the week. So, because I couldn’t run the perfect plan, I decided not to run a good one.
I let some dodgy fear of not being ‘perfect’ procrastinate my arse out of being ‘good enough’. Therefore, I’ve decided to ditch this plan.
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week
George S. Patton
I’m not quitting running. In fact, I’m not quitting training plans or plans of the week either. I’ve got to reboot my desire to run. That means I’m going for maximum flexibility this week. The plan is:
- 7 days/7 runs
- Total 30k mileage
- One 10k run on Saturday/Sunday
That’s it. Run every day for a week to clock 30k. No paces, no intervals, no fartleks – just run every day this week. 7 days/7 runs (or 7D/7R).
My running reboot
I need to fall back in love with running. This week, I am going to just run. That’s it. Just run. And that is going to be important. You see, I’ve picked and booked my next marathon: Sydney. Last time, I managed to get around but not always running.
With only 12 weeks to go, I want to reboot my running so I will train consistently and finish the whole route by running. My goal this week is to just run. That leads to my goal of being consistent. Which will lead to my goal of training properly. Leading to my goal of running the entire Sydney Marathon. Leading to my goal of a BMQ time. Step-by-step, each goal building on each other.
One goal leading to another leading to my ultimate goal: running a marathon in 3:05.
Keep on Going.