Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Flexibility

No, not the fun kind of flexibility that lets you lick your back like a cow (literally). Luckyyyyyy.***

I'm talking about flexibility in a plan. As you remember, my plan for Rock and Roll New Orleans was as follows: During the "on" weeks, it has me running Tempo Tues, Long Weds, and Speed Thurs. It is my attempt at a less is more plan. (Unlike my beer plan which is best defined as more is more.) It has me running less overall miles (45ish at the peak) but making sure every run has a specific "purpose". Tempo runs for lactate threshold, long mid week runs for endurance, and speed for fast twitch muscles and Vo2 max. Throw in some biking to practice my spandex/looking cool wearing a helmet and a long run for good measure.

But, alas the best laid out plans are meant to be completely screwed up. This morning, some wiener early morning individual decided that it would be a good idea to go for a nice walk on the only treadmill in the hotel. A nice WALK! Something that he could have done in the hallway. Since I am a firm believer of first come first served, all I could do is slap my head and go do some sit ups. Granted, I could have gone outside, but I really wanted to test my fitness at a specific speed.

So, I'll do my tempo tonight, my long run tomorrow morning, and then will be back on track. Flexibility.

I've received a lot of questions about how I am able to hold any consistency around my runs while on the road. Here are my tips to maintaining some level of a plan:
  • Do some research. I honestly didn't do a good job of this with my current hotel. The work-out room only has one treadmill and there are no good trails/sidewalks in the area.
  • Have a backup plan. What will you do if it is raining hard? What about if the treadmills are full? What if some jerk JUST scheduled a 8:30pm meeting during when you were supposed to do a make-up tempo run..... (Damn it - I can't make this shit up)
  • Be realistic. All night kegger "business trip" on Bourbon street? (Who Dat?) Know that you are probably not going to get all of your runs in - and that is OK. Shuffle your schedule to make the Hurricane/bead infused party a recovery week and hit it hard the next week.
  • BE FLEXIBLE. At the end of the day, shortening a run by a mile due to time, running at night vs in the morning, or even running when you get back home if you get completely thrown off are all great ways to get in most of the miles.
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**Don't even get me started on those rumors of removing your bottom ribs for better 'flexibility'

12 comments:

Jill said...

There's something wrong with that chick! I wonder if guys really like that.....

On a different note: I am home sick and have not run in 2 days. Have not worked in 2 days either, but that doesn't bother me as much as I haven't run. When on a marathon training plan, one can tend to get so wrapped up in not wanting to miss one day for fear we're doomed come race day when in retrospect, it's probably getting us healthier and will get us running stronger. So I am trying to be "flexible" and will just freak later when I have to rework my training plan :).

Morgan said...

Being flexible is important although I might have done a lot of clearing of my throat and stank eyes in that guys direction who was WALKING on a treadmill. Seriously?!?!?

The Sean said...

Flexibility is key. The balance between it and discipline is the life of the runner.

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
Bummer about the treadmill! Okay, I am now laughing because I just read Jill's first sentence:) God she cracks me up:) Way to be flexible Adam!! You will be just fine and I am sure that you will have a great workout!! Keep smiling:)

ShutUpandRun said...

Great post. How'd you get that picture of me? Seriously, that dude should not have hogged the treadmill with his walking. That's what malls are for.

RunnuRMark said...

yeah...there's something totally wrong with that chick...I uh, don't know why guys would like that at all *high five*

I would imagine you'd have to be up for about anything to stay on track when traveling all the time. At least you can say that you've run in a lot a different places, which is cool.

Jamoosh said...

Hey - comments are fixed! Woo hoo.
Now, what are you doing with a picture of my mistress - uh, I mean wife?

Ace said...

8:30 meeting?!? Good googly. That is just sick and wrong.

Rio said...

Good tips! Hotel fitness rooms have always been iffy for me- either not enough equipment or equipment that's past its intended lifespan. I once was on the elliptical underneath a dripping ceiling. Fun. The race is almost here! (And the picture of the elasta-gal: very freaky!)

jeffg said...

Flexibility really is important..... (giggling uncontrollably like a 12 year old... unable to finish comment)

Glenn Jones said...

Love it! "Practice my spandex wearing...."

Mel-2nd Chances said...

I couldn't train for anything if it wasn't for flexibility... so so so important. But that girl in the pic! OUCH!