Trust The Plan

On April 1, 2008, in Uncategorized, by Meghan

On Sunday night, fatigue and soreness accumulated from two big workout days settled into my body. My legs were fatigued; my joints were stiff; my quadriceps were trashed. I looked at my training plan for the coming week, which began with a long series of workouts on Monday (3+ hours, including a medium-paced ride on the bike trainer, lifting at the gym, and a core workout) followed by a tough speed workout (over 10k’s worth of tempo intervals on the treadmill) on Tuesday. I admit to looking at the training plan with a skeptic’s eye: how could Monday’s long series of workouts yield fresh enough legs to run speedily on Tuesday?

Even though I was ever the skeptic, I did the workouts as planned. A few elements of yesterday’s workouts were quite painful; out-of-saddle climbing on the bike trainer and certain exercises at the gym made my sore quads seer as if singed by a cattle brand. And, the discomfort of foam rolling, tennis balling, and stretching the lower half of my body last night induced vocalizations that must be very similar to a cow dying (I’m running with my cow theme, aren’t I?). I went to bed last night still wondering what was going to happen on the treadmill today.

Turns out, I need to stop asking questions and trust the plan, because everything went beautifully today. My legs retained a bit of residual fatigue, but I tried to ignore those sensations and just run. Sandwiched between some easy warm-up/cool-down stuff, I ran 5 x 9 minutes at tempo interval pace with a 4 minute jog recovery after each interval (I’m leaving out the pace so that you speedy people don’t judge me and my slow, high elevation galloping.). Even on my freshest day, I couldn’t have asked for my workout to go any better.

I want to write more, but my dog just vomited (Such bulimia is June speak for “Take me on a walk, already!”) so I have to go. I’ll end by saying that I’ve learned that this plan might be tough, but I’m just going to trust it.


6 Responses to “Trust The Plan”

  1. Meghan says:

    I’m commenting on my own blog! This comment is for Doone. I hear that you might be visiting/lurking on my blog. If you do stop by, leave a comment on how to contact you. Alternatively, if you still have my email, could you kindly email me? I hope to hear from you!

    Have a great day, everyone!


  2. Backofpack says:

    That is some killer training workout. Amazing that you felt so good!

    I was greeted by dog vomit in the hall the other day. Not sure why or what, but probably involved eating cat doo. Silly dog!

  3. Danni says:

    I think you’re really fast. 🙂 Sounds like a tough plan — I’m glad it’s working well for you! It’s motivating to read this.

  4. Beth says:

    I find myself doing that all the time – looking ahead at the workouts to come and thinking “oh dear Lord…how am I going to do “that” on a day after I did “that” and then follow it all up with “that”?!?! But when I start doing that I know I just need to take one day at a time. Each day is a new day. No thinking ahead. Only focus on the workout at hand!

    Great job Meghan! Your strength and fitness will reach new heights!!

  5. Meghan says:

    Michelle- Ew, dog vomit laced with cat poo. That’s about as bad as it gets! 🙂

    Danni- Well, I think you’re really tough!

    Beth- Exactly, one day at a time!

    Have a great day everyone!

  6. JeffO says:

    No wonder you’re so fast – you have such fancy training.
    I just run longer or shorter, faster or slower, sometimes fartlek.

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