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workout: 3 miles planned for tonight (hopefully)

My run last night didn’t work out. It was really hot, too hot for Scout to run. So I bumped it down to a family walk. I didn’t want to selfishly run on the treadmill after I promised Scout outside activity. Five minutes into our walk, a friend called saying she was on her way over to pick up veggies. I left Matt and Scout and went home. Chatting occurred. Then my dad came over for dinner with Gus. Scout went crazy licking Gus’ ears (he’s a beagle) and by the time they left, I had to cover up the black spot on my toe with pink nail polish and watch Thursday night TV. I mean, I can’t miss Parks and Rec. Rob Lowe’s new character is awesome, but I digress.

A couple of months ago, missing a scheduled run would stress me out. I’d constantly think of ways to make it up and blamed bad runs on missed miles during the week. Then I read a book on speed training and the author talked about training schedules. He said no training schedule is perfect, and there’s no reason it should be. Life happens. You’re not going to have time for every single scheduled run, and sometimes you’re not going to even feel like running what’s planned. If you have some leeway, you’ll come out of training stronger and better prepared on race day.

I agree. Stressing to fit runs in made those runs stressful, which made running felt more like work than fun. My life has gotten busier since I trained for my first half marathon back in 2007. Then, I didn’t have a dog or a house to take care of. And they’re not going away. The sooner I learn to be flexible, the happier I’ll be. It’s hard, but I’ll get there. I really, really like schedules and sticking to them. I still want to run the miles I missed yesterday, but if they don’t happen tonight, it’s okay. I’m not going to bonk at mile 17 in New York because I missed 3 miles the week of May 17.

And just so you know, I’m going to try to make it to a Road Runner this weekend to buy new running shoes. They’re having a major sale that ends on the 24th. I think I can get my $100 shoes for only $70 or $80!


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