A lesson on procrastination

As the saying goes; don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Last year, as I prepared for my two marathons I found myself putting off training runs until “tomorrow”. In my mind I was banking on the fact that my plan called for 4-5 workouts and weeks, so it made perfect sense that if I didn’t run on Tuesday I could just run on Wednesday and be ok. There is however a fundamental flaw in that thought process and it’s one of design… You see training plans are designed to incorporate rest periods for muscle recovery or have a built in progression and this design is disrupted by skipping or delaying specific workouts. It’s not to say that you are doomed if, on occasions, you have to move things around but it should be the exception rather than the norm.

Fast forward to 2018 and I am back to my 2016 training approach; run every day and incorporate the training plan into the daily routine. Now this may sound like the other extreme; however what I can tell you with certainty is that it has worked for me. You see 2016 was my best running year; I had some of the best results and some of my proudest racing moments as a result of my intense training. So my advice would be, find what works for you and if you find that prefect plan that hits all the right sweet spots don’t procrastinate, get it done.

Week 3 Jan14 – Jan 20

OK so work once again kicked my ass this week. Learning a new HR system and running the first payrolls of the year for a fortune 500 company is not walk in the park. This just meant that I really had to dig deep and run anywhere and anytime I could. Also, since I had to make up some ground for prior weeks, “anytime” was the key to success. And it didn’t hurt that I had a planned 13 mile trail race on the books too.

Weekly mileage total: 46.53 Average miles per day: 6.65. I continue to chip away at the deficit.

Always making forward progress!

We had some significant snowfall in Charlotte, made for some fun running last week.

First official race of the year; 13 mile trail race. Also demoed a pair of @altrarunning shoes which were pretty sweet.

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