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Tell Me What you Want, What you Really Really Want

RunEatRalph

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Hello and good morning! I didn’t plan on posting anything today, but I have stuff on the brain and I need advice. My post title song will probably be in my head (and your heads) all day now. I hope I don’t sing it where I can be heard.

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The reason for today’s title is related to where I am with my Achilles recovery and my relationship with running. I’m having good days and I’m having bad ones. I have runs where I feel almost normal and there’s pep in my step and no limit to how many miles I feel like I can run. I also have runs where I look down at my watch and say, “that can’t be right.” Fortunately, none of the runs involve any pain associated with my injury.

Last week, after one of those “good” runs, I started to think seriously about a training plan. A marathon training plan at that. Sounds good Randy, just skip over those silly half marathons and get right to it. Sink or swim, baby.

So this morning I had one of those “not so good” runs. I felt like I was giving plenty of effort. My heart rate was up nice and high. My watch told me otherwise. The idea of working on a training plan didn’t seem quite so exciting anymore.

I know for a fact that I’m caught up in the excitement of so many of the plans of my runner friends. People are signing up for their goal races and excitedly making plans. I’ve been there. It’s a great place to be. I want to be there, badly. I think maybe I want to be there so much that I’ll ignore any reasons not to be there.

Once I start a training plan, I won’t quit it and I’ll rarely deviate. No matter what. Is that what I want? Is that what I really, really want?

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That's great that none of your bad days have to do with post-injury pain! I certainly have both good days and bad days in every training cycle, and I think that's pretty normal. And when it's this hot and muggy out, effort is super deceptive sometimes anyway. So I feel like you should cut yourself a little bit more slack while riding the ups and downs of coming back from a serious injury. As for what you really, really want... 🙃 (there isn't a shrug emoji, so that seemed closest) If it were me, I know that I'd seriously miss the structure and targeted effort of following a training plan and pursuing a goal and having a race to look forward to and plan for (and talk about, obvi). But maybe it would be good to temper those goals a little bit. Like targeting a half-marathon rather than skipping that step, and getting back into a training plan with the compromise that training for a goal at a shorter distance won't beat you up as much, and will give you a little more room for error when you do have those off days. 

Your title song would make for a GREAT karaoke number, btw. Just saying... 😉 

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23 minutes ago, HotPinkSneakers said:

That's great that none of your bad days have to do with post-injury pain! I certainly have both good days and bad days in every training cycle, and I think that's pretty normal. And when it's this hot and muggy out, effort is super deceptive sometimes anyway. So I feel like you should cut yourself a little bit more slack while riding the ups and downs of coming back from a serious injury. As for what you really, really want... 🙃 (there isn't a shrug emoji, so that seemed closest) If it were me, I know that I'd seriously miss the structure and targeted effort of following a training plan and pursuing a goal and having a race to look forward to and plan for (and talk about, obvi). But maybe it would be good to temper those goals a little bit. Like targeting a half-marathon rather than skipping that step, and getting back into a training plan with the compromise that training for a goal at a shorter distance won't beat you up as much, and will give you a little more room for error when you do have those off days. 

Your title song would make for a GREAT karaoke number, btw. Just saying... 😉 

I think you're right about everything! I came to the right place for advice. You know that 90s female pop is my specialty. :)

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What about a non-race specific plan? Something like a base building plan? Would give you the structure, some defined workouts, and help get your fitness where you want it to be without the pressure of a race tempting you to do too much too soon. 

The Daniels book has some of what he calls "general fitness" plans which have legit mileage and workouts which you can tailor to where you're at now. I use them as a way to have some structure to stay in shape between goal race training cycles.

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36 minutes ago, Gonzo Runner said:

What about a non-race specific plan? Something like a base building plan? Would give you the structure, some defined workouts, and help get your fitness where you want it to be without the pressure of a race tempting you to do too much too soon. 

The Daniels book has some of what he calls "general fitness" plans which have legit mileage and workouts which you can tailor to where you're at now. I use them as a way to have some structure to stay in shape between goal race training cycles.

That's a great idea. That would take the time pressure out of it too.

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I like the base building plan idea. Right after that comes the plan culminating in the Great Comeback Marathon

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2 hours ago, Dave said:

I know what I'd do. Not sure I recommend it.

Same. And I don't want to be #bootbuddies forever. 

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1 hour ago, NavEng said:

I like the base building plan idea. Right after that comes the plan culminating in the Great Comeback Marathon

Yes! That's a catchy name too. :)

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1 hour ago, Carissa Liebowitz said:

Same. And I don't want to be #bootbuddies forever. 

Buddies? Yes! Bootbuddies? No.

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I feel like this might be one of those times where you are asking, but really you already know what you are going to do?  xD

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2 hours ago, Running Nutz said:

I feel like this might be one of those times where you are asking, but really you already know what you are going to do?  xD

I only know that I'm going to run.

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Sorry I didn’t get far into your post cos that song got stuck in my head!! One thing for sure is Posh wasn’t there for her singing...not too many lines came her way in this one!

oh yeah plans...channel the knight from Indiana Jones... “he chose...wisely”!

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