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Trust The Plan

On April 1, 2008, in Uncategorized, by Meghan
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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!

    🙂
    Meghan

  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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