The Best Laid Plans

ReflectiveBelow is my Hal Higdon Marathon training plan which I have chosen because it fits in with the “warm up” races that I have already booked: the Snake Lane 10 (not really a half marathon as the plan suggests but close enough) and the Spen 20. Today I was supposed to do a 7 mile run but after getting up at 5AM, not to run, but to drive 100 miles to Newcastle and only now (around 9:30 PM) arriving at the Marriott Metro Centre Hotel, it’s been a kind of busy and long day. The run isn’t going to happen!

It can be tempting, if you have a pre-set plan, to be tricked into thinking that if you miss one workout, you’ve scuppered your chances and sabotaged the programme. You can be burde ned with an incredible sense of disappointment and guilt. Of course this is rubbish because the real damage would be done by trying to force yourself to do something your body isn’t in a fit state to do!

On Saturday I have a parkrun and night run at Nostell Priory to look forward to, and a moderate 10 miler on Sunday. Then the Sunday runs escalate to 16 miles then 17, before the Snake Lane race . Beyond that the long runs get really serious with 3 20 milers before the big day.

So, a good night’s sleep is due now and then.


Author: MarathonMannUK

Deacon at Rothwell Baptist Church, Retired IT Solutions Architect, Distance Runner with Rothwell Harriers. Expect blogs on all of these themes!

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