Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Plans and Changes

Over the weekend I finally sat down and wrote down my workouts for the next few months. I had to change some things around since I'm doing another half marathon and am using a new training plan. I added the runs in and changed some of my Turbofire workouts.  So far things are looking pretty good. There are days that I have races so my long runs won't add up to what they should, but I'm pretty much okay with that...Mostly. I may have to figure out something else for long runs on some weeks. I'll figure that out when the time comes... Some are a little far ahead to know how I'll be feeling and what other things I'll be doing.

I'm good at planning. I can plan, plan, plan. Sometimes my plans are a bit ambitious. I usually follow through with them. Sometimes I will look at a plan and for a particular day it's overwhelming, so I change it (usually do only part of a workout; say I'm scheduled for two hours and only do an hour or hour-and-a-half). Then I make plans and realize later that a particular plan for that day won't work because of a conflict. Blah. Then I have to re-schedule. This usually means changing my entire plan. Double blah.

Now I find myself trying to figure out how to handle these issues.  Today is one of those days. When I made out my workout schedule I forgot that I have a hair appointment at 5:00. This will take between an hour-and-a-half and two hours. I have a lot of hair.... It's thick  Since I cut some of the length off, it's been on the "shorter" end of that time frame. Still though, let's say I'm done by 6:30. I still have to drive half an hour home. So let's say I'm home at 7:00.

I have a three mile "easy" training run scheduled today. Busy evening plus a planned run...Enter, dilemma.

I will most likely be pretty darn hungry by 7:00. I can be done with dinner by 7:30.  I could then start a super light run. Because of eating, I'll want to run slower than normal. Like super slow so I don't get an upset stomach, cramps, or whatever. Running slower means I'll be extending my time. Let's say I'm going so much slower that I'm at a 15 minute mile... That's 45 minutes. By the time I'm done it will be 8:30 (figuring in time for changing into workout clothes, etc.). I'll have to shower then. And if it's that time of night I might as well brush my teeth and get ready for bed. Let's say it's now 9:00. I'd have an hour to relax before bed. 

Guess what happens if I workout later.  I get energized.  There's a reason they say not to workout within a few hours of bedtime. You have trouble sleeping. Well, you may not, but I do. Sleep is a very important thing (and something I happen to enjoy). My sleep has been interrupted enough lately (too much water too late, I think). In fact it's been interrupted enough that getting up to try some kind of early workout hasn't happened. Not even once.  The last thing I want to do is make myself get even less sleep.

Given the above info... I will most likely NOT do my training run today. Easy or not, it will just be too late.

Tomorrow I have a meeting at 4:30, for about an hour. That's not too bad. I have various Turbofire activities listed, for a total of 80 minutes. I should be home and working out by 6, which is a little bit later than I like but not terrible. There have actually been quite a few nights that I've started later...Not usually that late, but later than normal.  I'll be done by 7:30 so it's no big deal.

Now I just need to figure out what to do. I know that the fantastic thing to do would be to get up early tomorrow and do my run.  Then I can still do my TF in the evening. The chances of that happening are pretty slim. Let's face it, as much as I often want to, I do not get up early a good 99% of the time.  I'm not sure why; I used to do morning workouts all the time... Usually a JM DVD, like the 30 Day Shred. That's intense. And I got up and did it. But now intensity in the morning is too much because I'm dragging. Interesting. Maybe I was sleeping better back then.

So...Option one, which I will try hard to do, is to get up and do my run; the other stuff later.

Don't hold your breath.

Option two is to just skipping the run.

Option three is skipping the first part of Turbofire (Fire 30; the cardio portion).

Option four is doing it all in the evening but that will make things even later, so really... Option four isn't an option at all. So. Scratch option.

The well-meaning part of me is planning on option one. Getting up to run, and doing the rest later. More than likely I won't.... If not, I'll probably go with option three. At this point it's probably best to make sure I do the run since I'm training for another half.

Keep your fingers crossed that I'll be organized and off to bed early tonight so I can get up and do option one.

For now... Time to get pampered!


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