Sticking to a Plan

I am really trying to stick to my plan.  I want to go into 2015 and my spring races without feeling like I have to start from scratch after the holidays.  That said, a big part of my plan is flexibility.  So when my stomach was a butt head on Saturday, I ran 5 instead of 8.   However, I still followed through with my back to back days and did the 6 mile Cerro Alto hike.

Shorts in November?
Shorts in November?

Tuesday, I ended up getting a way later start than planned and was only able to get in 5 miles before dusk.  However, they felt pretty damn good.  They weren’t the speediest but they felt solid.  After a pretty great 5, I was eager to get running again on Wednesday.  But I was questioning if I should.  Vacation is hard, part of me wants to run all the miles but the more sensible part really wanted to stick my schedule and get comfortable with it.   I never did find a nearby turkey trot but was planning on doing a couple of miles with my mother.  Also, I knew that I would be spending Saturday or Sunday shopping so I started rearranging my running days in my head.   I started thinking I could squeeze 6 out of Thanksgiving and then run 8-10 on Friday.  With that in mind, I took Wednesday as a rest day since I know my body is not a fan of running 4 days in a row.

Oh such plans.  Thanksgiving morning rolled in and I woke with a sore throat and a headache and scratchy eyes.    I spent the day half in pajamas and half in running gear under a blanket on the couch.  I was cold and it was a balmy 75º in my neck of the woods.  My family had a very low key Thanksgiving.  We hung out and watched movies- Into the Storm, Lone Survivor, and Heaven is For Real. Interesting choices, right?  Luckily, we never really go overboard on Thanksgiving so I didn’t feel too guilty.  🙂  In fact, minor sickness aside, it was a pretty great day.

I found fall leaves!!!
I found fall leaves!!!

I don’t do the whole shop at night or at the crack of dawn thing, so I slept in on Friday.    I still felt a little off but better than Thursday.   After a small lunch and a couple of errands, I headed out for a few miles.   5 miles seem to have become my new go-to.   With just trying to complete both races in January before focusing on speed for SLO, there is no speed work built into my plan right now.  Plus, my stomach doesn’t really like it these days.   So any speed work that happens is just based on how I feel that day.  That said, I have been trying to work on a fast finish to most of my runs.   Usually by the end of races and runs, I am done, I can never kick it in to the end.  I figure my stomach should be able to handle that.

I will say it’s a lot easier on the treadmill.  Turn the speed up and just hang on.   Out on the road, I have to focus more.  All I’m aiming for is a speedy last half mile before cool down.  That’s not too long, right?  I felt like I pulled it off the last couple of runs.  My fast pace alert was vibrating my Garmin on Tuesday’s run but I never actually looked at it.   But then it just averaged in with the rest of the mile. Urgh.   So even though I was tired today, I used the lap buttons.   The last half mile comes right after hill that always kicks my butt.  I have never run it.   It’s short but steep and just makes me tired.    I hit the lap button as soon as I got to the top and started running.   Oh,man that was hard.  I felt slower than Tuesday, which made sense, and like there was no way I could maintain anything for a half mile.    I hit 5 miles, pushed the lap button and stopped the Garmin.    It wasn’t until I synced my Garmin with my phone that I figured out why it felt so hard.  I did what?!

Look at lap 6!!!!!!
Look at lap 6!!!!!!

Holy crap!  I realize that it wasn’t even a mile but still sweet!  Also not the pace I was looking for, haha!  I was aiming for the mid to high 8’s but I’ll take it!  Probably couldn’t pull it off again or maintain it for a full mile, but it’s still kind of cool.  🙂

How was your Thanksgiving?

Anyone join the crush of crazy shopping?  Any good deals?

19 Comments on “Sticking to a Plan

  1. Nice job with the speed! Every little bit counts! It will get longer as you keep practicing! Sorry you were not feeling well! 😦


  2. My wife and younger son were working (as I posted on IG) so we were out for a while – my older son and I walked the mall a bit, and drove over to the plaza where Target and Best Buy were. No frenzied mobs I saw in videos, but loads of people. Anyone hoping this would go away is going to be disappointed … Thanksgiving is gone as a full-day holiday. 😦


    • Oh – and as for sticking to a plan … I think you are doing pretty amazing given the struggles your body is putting you through. So you cut from 6 to 5 … think about it – you DID 5! Just getting out and doing what you can is a victory!


      • Thank you! In the past, I would use my stomach as a reason to be lazy and do nothing, now I am trying to find a balance with staying active /trained and keeping my stomach manageable. Sometimes I worry that I whine too much about it. 🙂


    • Even though we joked about going to Wal-Mart- we realized too late that we had no dessert for Thanksgiving- I can’t imagine ever actually shopping on Thanksgiving. I did see your pics, I’m sorry they had to work on Thanksgiving! And with stores opening earlier and earlier, more and more people are working it. 😦


  3. I stay as far away from retail as possible on this weekend. It’s just not worth it when I can get almost everything I need from Amazon and not even have to get out of my jammies. A low key Thanksgiving sounds nice – glad you enjoyed it, even if you didn’t feel very well.


    • I did venture out today and it wasn’t that bad. At least not in my neck of the woods, I was kind of surprised by the lack of people out. I do love internet shopping- so much easier, and comfier. And no crowds of any kind. The few people that were out today all seemed cranky. 😦 It was so low key, we forgot dessert! Oops. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!


  4. Nice job on the speed work!

    I hate Black Friday. I hate holiday shopping in general. It’s just so over the top, and people lose their minds. I do think that getting up super early and going out on Black Friday just to do it, not to take the shopping seriously, would be kind of a fun adventure.

    Can I ask what is the app you use to make those graphics with your distance/pace/pictures? Thanks! 🙂


    • Part of me has simalar thoughts year. Get a hot chocolate and then go people watch… But sleeping in always wins. 🙂

      The pace pic is a combo of apps. I started with Photo Grid and then moved on to FitSnap. I have an iphone and both were free yo download. I did pay to upgrade FitSnap for more covers and to get rid of the logo.


  5. Coming from old Ol Blighty, i don’t even know what Black friday is so i won’t comment on that but well done on the speedwork, especially after a lousy Thursday feeling ill. Saying that, still sounds like a pretty great day, lazing on the sofa & watching ‘Lone Survivor’ (great film).

    And it really doesn’t matter what distance you do, you are still doing it. I read a great quote the other day;

    “Whether its a five miler in 25 minutes or a 5th of a mile in 25 minutes……’s still 25 minutes”. I think a lot of us runners forget that. Good luck with future runs!


    • That is such a a great quote! It’s a sentiment that I have been trying to remind myself of since I had to slow down for health reasons a few months back. Sometimes it’s just hard to make yourself see that.

      Don’t worry, you’re not missing much with Black Friday- just a crazy shopping tradition. But yes, outside of feeling unwell, lounging around was kind of nice. 🙂


      • We did have a little Black Friday action over here but bearing in mind we don’t have Thanksgiving, i think it was a bit lost on most of the UK population.


  6. Nice job with the speed!!! I find that treadmill speedwork is so different from outside speedwork. I’m interested if they have any different outcomes.


    • The treadmill seems to require less conscious thought. It makes me wonder if that speed can be pulled off without its help. On the treadmill, it’s run fast or fall off. 🙂


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