Make a new plan, Stan

I don’t really know why, but for some reason I have been a little lazy when it comes to blog-related shenanigans lately.  By ‘shenanigans’, I just mean ‘things’, but ‘things’ being a fairly boring word, I thought I’d spice it up a little.  At any rate, I’ve really fallen behind on my blog reading and commenting, and I’m sorry about that!  I’m usually much better about these things but recently I’ve just felt like I haven’t had any time at home to catch up.  I also have a new page or two to create, and I need to re-do my blogroll since at the moment, it doesn’t include the blogs I read now, and also contains a bunch of sites that have apparently been abandoned.

Moving on, though, I finally went running yesterday!  I was visiting my friend Mike in Philadelphia, and we went out for a 3.5 or so mile run.  This was the first time I’d done any running since Thanksgiving and it. felt. great.  I can’t believe I went so long without running at all.  Hopefully I don’t have a lapse like that again.  More than anything it just really affects my mood and the way I handle stress.

Anyway, as we were running I was thinking about how lately, I’d been feeling a little bit like a running failure, since I had planned on starting this post-marathon training plan, and had all these grand aspirations for myself.  It dawned on me, though, as we made our way up one of many hills in Mike’s neighborhood, that I don’t have to do that training plan, and, more importantly, that not doing it doesn’t make me a failure.  Basically, I decided to give myself permission to change my plans.

Instead of trying to build on a mileage base that I might not have in me at this point and work on increasing my speed and work on my stamina, I decided it would be a lot more practical to take one thing at a time.  Really, I think this is the best way to make changes in your life even though you’d never know it because I tend to make sweeping declarations about how I’m going to completely overhaul everything (and then fail to do it because it’s an impossible goal).  The outcome: I’m going to work in phases, the first one being focused on slowly and intelligently increasing my mileage by 10% a week.  I think I can probably start at around 20 miles, and increase to 28-30 in 4-5 weeks.  That should give me a firm foundation on which I can start working on other things.

To be honest, I feel really relieved about this new plan.  I was holding myself to such a high standard before, like I *had* to be in marathon shape all the time.  I’m really glad I was able to realize that that was not the best way to approach things, and make a change.

I’m going to work on a somewhat structured breakdown of what these 4-5 weeks will look like, since I work far better when I have a plan to follow.  Once I’m finished, I’ll share it here.

Have you had to make a change of plans?  How did you feel about it?



  1. i think it’s best to build base first, and then add in ‘quality’ (speed) work. i would consider building 10% for 3-weeks, and cutting back every 4th week.

    20, 22, 25, 20
    25, 28, 30, 20
    28, 30, 30, 25
    30, 30, 30, 20

    or something like that. obv that’s not THE only way. takes a couple extra weeks, but sometimes your body needs that cutback.

    then once you are at the 30, 30, 30, 20 week you can start adding in 1-2 quality runs per week.

    just my $0.02, from my experiences, i’m no expert and won’t be offended if you ignore me 🙂

    1. Lindsay, that makes total sense–thanks for that! That looks pretty solid, I’ll probably use it 🙂 You may not be an expert, but I’ve always thought you must know what you’re talking about!

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