The Training Plan Shuffle
Despite having signed up for a race to keep myself motivated with the old training plan, I seem to fallen behind again. Yesterday should have been Week 5 Day 1 of my modified C25K plan, but it all went to pot when I got distracted after work and didn’t leave myself enough time to get a run in.
With a 20 minute session on the exercise bike planned for this evening, that meant I would have to make a choice: do the exercise bike session and put myself one run behind; or do the run and skip the bike altogether. It was a tough decision, not helped by the fact that it was raining when I got home.
Deep down though, I knew that there really was only one option. The whole point of the exercise bike is to compliment the running, not the other way round, so I pushed myself out the door and into the drizzle for a 25 minute session using a 5:2 run/walk ratio. And I was glad that I did.
I found the ratio fairly challenging, particularly for the first two segments, but once I got into the second half of the session I started to really enjoy it and remembered how much I love to run in the rain! Seriously, give me cool damp drizzle over blue skies and sunshine any day of the week – well, any training day of the week at least.
In terms of the rest of this week, I am supposed to be running tomorrow and Saturday. However, I could probably get away with adapting things so that I do the exercise bike tomorrow and then run on Friday and Sunday instead. That would mean that I have to skip park run again this week, but that might not be a bad thing.
My weekend run will be my first non-stop 20 minutes in I don’t know how long, so pacing will be crucial and, let’s face it, I usually get carried away with myself at parkrun and end up going too fast. Not great when you’re trying to run slowly!
I guess I’ll see how it goes, but it could turn out that missing yesterday’s session and re-shuffling the schedule might not be such a bad thing. These things happen for a reason, so maybe that’s it. We shall see…
How’s your training going? Are you getting your sessions in this week? Please share your thoughts in the comments