This week’s Monday Brain Exchange question is:
How do you train? Do you use a schedule, have a coach or go with the flow? Do you train alone or with group?
In the past I have trained with a schedule and I’ve stuck to that very precisely. My first marathon training plan came from a website. My second marathon training plan came from my Team in Training coaches. My third marathon training plan was a loose adaptation of the Team in Training plan. I was very obedient at sticking to those plans, regardless of how I felt. I was going to get that day’s prescribed workout in if it killed me! (See: Running Evolution)
Right now I’m going with the flow a little more, usually setting an arbitrary mileage goal for each week and running to hit that number. But if I’m feeling tired or overscheduled, I don’t let that get me down and recognize that I can take a day off. Or at least I try to not let it get me down… sometimes I am definitely my own biggest critic. (Okay, I’m always my own biggest critic, I can’t imagine that other people would be as mean to me as I am to myself at times… but that’s a WHOLE other topic!)
If I had a set event that I was gearing up for, I would definitely create a schedule to get to my goal. Since I am certified as a running coach I guess in a way I am my own coach… but there are times when I need a little help because I’m not always good at being objective when it comes to looking at myself. On those days I refer to my friend Jimmy and ask for his advice. (Usually it comes in the form of, “I’m so tired today…” or “It’s super windy outside, convince me to run or to not run.”)
The majority of my training is probably done alone. I do run at Fleet Feet on Tuesday nights which is always fun as well as running on Saturdays with my Team Challenge group. On the occasions that I get out to run with friends on other days of the week it really does help to invigorate me, but that doesn’t always happen. So when I run by myself I often choose to listen to audiobooks or podcasts. Since I’ve been telecommuting for nearly 5 years now, I find that I crave the sound of other people’s voices because I’m alone all day. So running with spoken word helps me feel a little less alone!
Where do you guys get your training plans? Or do you go with the flow too? I must admit, right now I’m enjoying making my schedule up as I go!