If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal.
- Monday: I had scheduled 3 miles of hills. My actual was only 1 quick mile because I attended a post-Mother’s Day Taekwondo class with my Bean. The class ate into my running time, but was well worth it. I bonded with my 6-year-old and learned a few moves. Plus, it involved some really great cross-training in the form of burpee hell — and I woke up Tuesday with my back tweaked from getting my behind handed to me. Wouldn’t trade this for the 3-miles of planned hills any day (well, except the back thing, but it’s already on the mend).
- Tuesday: I planned to do a 4-mile tempo run, but did the 3-mile hill run instead, since I missed it Monday.
- Wednesday: 1 mile, rest. This actually happened, but typically I would have added in some cross training. However, because I had to do the run at 4:45 a.m. due to a work event in the evening, I opted to sleep an extra 30 minutes in exchange for a quick 1-miler and no cross-training. I’m just getting home and typing this at 10:15 p.m. I think that extra 30 minutes of sleep was a good call. It’s been a long day — in pink stilettos!
I’m still hoping to run through the rest of the week as planned:
- Thursday: 5 miles, pace
- Friday: 1 mile, rest
- Saturday: 7-8 miles
Writing about it now, it really doesn’t seem like very much changed. But, moving through each day, changing the game plan at the last minute, and having to sometimes squeeze in low-quality, low-mileage runs can leave me feeling like I’ve somehow cheated.
But I haven’t. I’ve adapted. The plan may have changed, but the end goal is still the same. I’ve managed to stick to my goal of daily running and still be a pretty good mom, spouse and professional who is just tying to make it daily.
What about you? How do you adapt to change when you’ve planned your runs and then cannot run your plan — with training or just life in general?