I am at the Tuesday of week 7 of my 18 week training plan for the Anthem Richmond Marathon in mid-November. My question is have you ever felt a training plan was out of whack for you. This is the second training cycle in a row that has me questioning if I picked the right training plan.
When I started out researching plans, I made a spreadsheet. I put in three different plans as I am also training for a Ragnar Relay at the end of September. I looked at weekly overall mileage. I looked at various runs that were needed. My previous training cycles had basically been running. I threw in hills and fartleks but there were no designated negative split runs. There were no designated tempo runs.
The plan I started out with for this training cycle has hill repeats. It has tempo runs – good distance ones, not just a mile or two. It has negative split runs. I am loving the challenge. It also has three 20 milers. I’ve never done more than two in a cycle. Prior to one marathon, I only did one 20 miler due to flooding when I was suppose to do my second 20 miler. I am feeling run down. I am dreading getting out the door.
I’ve looked at all that is going on in my life. I’ve had some major changes happening on top of training. I’ve also had some huge life stressors – you know those quizzes they have with major stresses for life; think three or four of those. I’m looking at life being as much of an issue with my training at the moment as burnout but I am thinking about bailing on my training plan. Ditching what I thought was good for me for a lesser challenge.
I’ve decided I am going give myself a break. I’m not running today. I’m going to run today’s miles tomorrow on a cross training day. I’ll see what things look like in the next few days and make a decision.
Have you ever thought you have too much training going on? Have you ever switched training plans mid-cycle?