Oops Didnโ€™t Do the Correct Workout

OMG I screwed up so badly today!!!

I didn’t do the planned workout…for some reason I got it in my head that I was supposed to do an easy 5.0 miler today and didn’t double-check like I usually do before heading out the door to make sure that I am being a good boy by doing what I am supposed to.

Yeah, can you believe it, me not following the plan exactly.

Well the truth is I don’t mind changing a workout on the fly if I really feel like doing something else, but today I really believed that I was doing what I was supposed to do.

So what was I supposed to do for a workout today?

Easy 6.0 miles.

Yeah, I screwed up by a whole mile…earth shattering I know and now the whole training plan is screwed up. An unforgivable ‘faux paux’ that will end my quest to run a half marathon.

Harold stop it, you are being a horse’s arse and making fun of yourself yet again to show how trivial something like this really is. However, some runners get so upset if they do not follow a training plan perfectly and it throws them into a complete and utter tizzy.

Yeah, I screwed up by a mile on an easy run – so what.

It ain’t a big deal.

Besides it was a typical 5.0 mile easy and I needed something to write about other than how boring running this distance on the treadmill one more time, because the roads were crap and the winds were more than I felt like dealing with again.

Hey, I did remember to put my Garmin on today and even played around with changing the elevation several times over the course of the run.

It was a good and easy 5.0 mile treadmill run, after a snowblowing three driveways. Who knows maybe I subconsciously decided to have a shorter workout to compensate for the extra exercise that I had already done this morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yeah, that a great story and I am sticking to it.

I am sure that I will make up that mile at some point during the week and I really am not worried about whether I do or not.

I think that attitude is a LOT healthier than obsessing over whether or not I did the exact workout on the exact day it was scheduled. After all I am still well within the parameters and guide rails that the Hansons Half Marathon plan provides me.

Move along there is nothing to else to see here, this is not the droid you are looking for. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yes, 10.0 Miles Were Done – On The Treadmill

I have been a day late and dollar short the past few days, so please bear with me, while I get my shit back together. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yesterday, with the wonderful weather outside and looking at the weather forecast, there wasn’t any doubt about where I was going to do my planned 10.0 mile long run – on Planet Fitness’ treadmill.

Once I got that figured out, it just became a question of running in place for an hour and a half. Not the easiest thing to do, especially when you know the roads are getting worse the longer you stay on the ‘mill.

Per the plan I started out at 6.6 mph (approx a 9:06 pace) and held that pace through 5.0 miles without any strain, other than that wonderful feeling of holding back bowel progress. At that point I kicked it up to 6.7 mph just to get to 6.0 miles quicker. Coming back to the treadmill with only 4.0 miles left after a bathroom break is easier mentally than coming back and still having 5.0 miles to go.

After stopping for that mad dash to the locker room, I got back on and kept it at 6.7 mph for the next mile. Once I lost weight, I felt really good and got this crazy thought in my head about just doing the 13.1 miles. I figured that if I felt great at 10.0 I could keep going.

However, along the way, I kept increasing the speed every so often and I had been playing with the incline just to avoid the boredom factor. By the time I got to 9.0 miles I was down around an 8:20 pace and feeling good. So I kept playing with the speed, but at about 9.5 miles, I decided that even though I was feeling really good, that because I have been feeling very fatigued coming into the run that I needed to be smahter than usual and just stick to the plan.

Which meant stopping at 10.0 miles.

The last quarter-mile was at race pace and I still felt very strong. So I will give this a really good rating of 3 on my 4 point scale. The good thing is, even as fatigued as I have felt lately there is not any doubt in my mind that I if I had chosen to that I would have finished off a 13.1 mile run. The confidence is coming and that is a good thing. I know that I can run 13.1, now to do it a few times and then it becomes a question of how fast can I run 13.1, not if.

I know that I have to work on this stopping during the run to use the bathroom every time I run, but I have a feeling that is related to my dietary choices over the last month and I am working on improving that. Although it is hard when the people that prepare the meals most of the time are not thinking along the same lines or direction that I want to be heading.

However, I am in charge of what goes down the pie-hole, so I cannot blame anyone but myself about what I eat. Although it does hurt other’s feelings a little when they prepare stuff “just for you” and you don’t eat it. Sometimes it is easier to go along with the flow and keep smiling.

Good run and I was glad that I had the milestone pod on my shoes, since I forgot my Garmin – it was sitting on the table charging when I walked out the door. However, I do keep my old Times Ironman in my gym bag just for that eventuality and simply put that on to track the time. The Milestone pod continued to let me know I was a heel-striker and that I don’t lift my legs up enough, but gave me some info on the pace that I like to review.