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
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.
**Don't even get me started on those rumors of removing your bottom ribs for better 'flexibility'