First, a quick reminder that today is the last day to win a pair of trail-running shoes by sharing your best trail-running story at the bottom of this post. The contest closes at 6 p.m. EST today, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday.
Earlier this week, I applauded myself for being flexible with my training schedule by being willing to shuffle my 20-miler around what seemed like a really crazy, inflexible social schedule, which includes a backpacking trip to West Virginia the intended week of the 20. I solved the Jenga puzzle that was my training calendar by moving the 20-miler to this Saturday morning.
A change in circumstances puts me in Florida this weekend instead. Since I have a firm “I would do anything for running, but I won’t do that” stance on doing my longest run in my training plan in what’s still summertime in the Sunshine State, I’m readjusting again.
My fix: Do whatever I can this weekend, making it a stepback week. Skip the little 10K I hadn’t even signed up for, anyway, and run my 20-miler next weekend, with an 18 the weekend after before I start my taper.
What seemed to hard about that before?
The ultimate simplicity of that rearrangement was a nice reminder that really, going running is a simple venture. Yes, there are energy gels and fluids and routes to be considered as the runs get longer, but when it comes down to it, I can accomplish my training schedule by simply pointing my body out the door and going.
That said, I’m prepped for when I get home. I’ve purchased my gels and sports drink, planned (at least in a general sense) my route, picked my outfit and even stashed a few servings of roasted vegetable lasagna in the freezer for easy carbo-loading once I get home. Piece of cake.
My apologies if my posts are a bit sporadic until next Tuesday. I’ll make sure to let you know about the trail-runners tomorrow!