It’s the time of the week where we compare planned with actual. Last week’s plan was:
- Run a 10-15k on the weekend
- Run on Sat & Sun
- Run three times during the week
- Run before work
How did I do?
Building on success
This has been a second good week! Holy cow, long may it last. Here’s how I did:
- Run a 10-15k on the weekend – YES! I ran 11k on Saturday
- Run on Sat & Sun – YES! I ran the 11k on Sat and a 5k on Sunday
- Run three times during the week – YES! I ran Tuesday (3.13k), Thursday (2.04k) and Friday (5.01k)!
- Run before work – YES! This was on Tuesday and Thursday!
My total mileage this week was 26.24k. Running these five days has actually put me slightly ahead of last week – 26.03 – when I ran 6 days in a row. So, another good week. I’m getting on a role.
Not to jinx it, but how has this happened?
Mission Command: getting out of my way
During my studies to become a better manager and leader at work, I came across a military concept called Mission Command. In civilian life, we’d probably call it de-centralisation or empowerment.
Essentially, it’s a form of freedom of movement within boundaries. A general gives his order containing the objective and certain rules of engagement. The general then doesn’t micro-manage how his subordinates get the result. On one hand, it’s giving away some control. On the other, it’s freeing the people tasked with obtaining the objective to achieve it how they see fit. In other words, the general gets the hell out-of-the-way.
I’m sure there’s an everyday term behind the concept. Like my previous post, it’s figuring out what works for me. I’ve given up some micromanagement control – such as run 8k on Weds at 5:30 pace – and replaced it with more general goals – such as run an 11-15k on the weekend. Ironically, giving up some control over myself has created one of my best running streaks in months.
Plan of the week: Monday 14th July 2014
Here’s this week’s plan:
- During the week run three times
- Run at least twice before work
- Try to run to work once
- Run a 15k on Sat or Sun
- Target total mileage Monday to Sunday of 35k
Have a happy running week!
Keep on Going!