A recent discussion with a running friend has left me wondering how I can better manage my running schedule.
The discussion was about training plans, and how I don’t feel there’s any way I can organize my schedule well enough to follow a plan. I have never used a training plan, but I suspect, if I am to tackle a marathon, and do it well, then maybe I need to.
My current schedule looks something like this, although often at least one thing gets dropped each week it seems:
Monday – short, 3 or 4 mile run after work.
Tuesday – swim (although soon the club will start speed workouts on a Tuesday night, so I may try to work out a way to do that as well as a swim).
Wednesday – club run, 7 miles.
Thursday – nothing.
Friday – Bodypump class; occasionally I also run in the morning, as I work from home on a Friday (the problem is I’m often really tired by Friday so getting out of bed can be tough).
Saturday – club run, unless I’m racing over the weekend, 10 to 16 miles (so, how can I get a long run done if I’m also racing – perhaps less racing is the answer this year). Bodyflow class if I can make it.
Sunday – Bodyflow class.
There are places I could probably get some extra runs – I’m thinking of getting up earlier on Tuesday and Thursday to run in the morning, but, as I already get up at 5:15am, that’s going to be tough – this could give me an extra 3 miles each day. I could probably get up early on a Sunday too for a run, but that’s the only day I really get to stay in bed for any amount of time, and I’m not sure I can give that up.
I would also like to get some cycling back into my schedule again, but who knows when I can do that.
How do people manage to run 40+ miles a week? Maybe I could do it if I didn’t have over an hour commute each way, and having young kids makes a difference too. I hover around the 25 mile a week mark. Perhaps I’ll just have to accept that’s all I can do. I don’t seem to be doing too badly from that, but I do wonder what my potential could be if I can do more, or just follow a plan.
Perhaps just looking at a plan, and attempting to adjust to when I can run is the best I can hope for.