Running

How Many Times

I officially (and I use that term loosely) started my 10k training on July 20th. I was originally going to start on June 29th, but then we scheduled an impromptu reunion. So I was going to start on July 6th, the day after our reunion. But there was still family in town and I was back and forth between my house and the city. So I said for sure that I was going to the 10th… For. Sure!! And yet, for one reason or another, it didn’t happen. So I went to my calendar to the day of my race. I started counting backwards twelve weeks to find out when the absolute drop dead date was that I could start my training and finish. That date was July 27th, but I didn’t want to push it that close. I wanted to have that extra week of cushion room, so I started on July 20th.

The first day of my training plan I got up before work to run because I wasn’t sure what the day would hold. My sister called to tell me of Dad’s death rattles and that he would be dead before the week was up so I did the first three days of my training in the morning just in case I had to bee-line into the city.

Dad died on the 23rd. I took my workout clothes with me and had the idea that I would do my workouts in the morning at the hotel. I must have been delusional. The funeral was on the 29th and throughout that week time span I did not run once. I didn’t even think about putting on my running clothes. All I wanted to do was be with my family.

So here we are at week 3 of the training plan. I looked over what this week held, and since I had chosen the beginners version of training rather than an intermediate level, I felt fairly confident that I could step into week 3 and have no adverse effects. I think it’s gonna work!

I feel like I’ve got my life back a little bit. And, as luck would have it, I started back in on my training on the freaking hottest day in the history of ever! Not really, but I love a good whine.

I’ve had to adjust my workout plan a little bit because my weekends are still pretty tricky, and volleyball will be starting up again in two weeks (THREE nights a week, plus a 10k training plan – I may have lost my damned mind). But I am on it! My run felt good, albeit hellishly hot, and that’s all I want. I just want it to not kill me.

So….for the final time, for real this time, I am getting started on my 10k training program! Come hell or high water, the plan is going to stick. If not, I’m going to be in a world of hurt come October!

Someone please tell me I’m not the only one who has to restart training plans a hundred times before getting it done!!

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6 thoughts on “How Many Times”

  1. Don’t worry about having to restart the training plan or if you miss a few runs here and there sometimes more important things will come up that demand your attention and thats perfectly ok. Just do the best you can do with the time you have and try not to worry if things don’t always go completely to plan – you’ll get there whether you follow the plan perfectly or not!

      1. Ha don’t worry i’m the same – I almost feel guilty sometimes for missing runs, it’s always handy to have a plan to keep you on track but it’s also handy to remember that it’s just a guide and doesn’t have to be set in stone πŸ™‚

    1. Oh man, it took me WEEKS longer to get through the C25K than it should have. There was one week (week 3 or 4, I think) that I had to go through three weeks in a row because I just could NOT do it! πŸ™‚ That was about three and a half years ago.

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