On my run this morning my thoughts were about my running schedule. I've been following this one developed by Bob Glover for the NYC marathon. And for this training cycle, I've followed the schedule fairly closely. I've decided that's a good thing...at least for now. Mid-week I usually run twice with others and twice by myself. My running pals depend on me and I depend on them. We run no matter the weather...rain, sun, snow, wind...you name it. I'd have to be deliriously feverish to cancel at the last minute.
On the days I run by myself its my (self-imposed) schedule that keeps me honest. I always get my running clothes assembled the night before. The alarm goes off at 5:30 and I'm up! No snoozing allowed. Change...a quick glass of Gatorade....shoes on....and I'm out the door by 5:40. I don't give myself a chance to think about it. Its mindless and it works for me. Sure I've had to cut back a few times. I was out for a few days after needing stitches from my trail tumble. That was a little disappointing since I was right in the middle of the build-up. But having that schedule to aspire to ultimately kept me on track.
Funny, then, for me to see Matt's recent post about his lack of a schedule. And despite what I've written above, moving towards a more flexible way of training is the next phase for me. I still want to have general plans and goals, but I definitely want to get away from the "It's Tuesday, so I must be running 6 miles today." mentality.
The Schedule helped push me to the next level, but now I'm ready to move ahead on my own, more intuitively.