Hello My Dear Darling Friends!
I wrote myself out a training plan for the next 16 + weeks. That was an undertaking in itself. In this plan, I included 4 days of weight lifting and 4 days of running. I was pretty satisfied to see it all on paper in front of me, but honestly felt unsettled about that fact that I would be training every single day without a full recovery day.
I think my gut feeling was accurate. It felt like I was setting myself up for failure early in the game. In the past, I have set lofty goals and hit the ground hard only to fizzle out after a month. This reminded me of that same pattern.
I showed the plan to my sister and she suggested that I take a day to recover. I think she has a very good point. I have decided that Monday is going to be my rest / recovery day. If I must do something, I can do pilates or yoga. It also makes sense since Sunday is going to be my long distance run day.
This is my current plan:
- Monday- Rest / Recover
- Tuesday-Morning run + Weights
- Wednesday- Weights
- Sunday- Long Run
This plan gives me 3 days of weight training, 4 days of running, and 1 full recovery day. I feel better about this plan. I am honestly a little disappointed because I was hoping to get 4 days of weight training in a week, but I know that a full recovery day is going to be important with my training schedule. My biggest focus is injury prevention.
I also considered running less and focusing more on weight training, but this is the first time that I have ever been able to coordinate a running training plan that starts at the beginning of the year. It is also the first time that I have lived in a place that is warm in the winter time.
I took some time to reflect on my past patterns and realized that I have always struggled with rest and recovery days.
This is a good chance for me to practice.
Do you have a current training plan or are you training for an upcoming athletic event? Comment below to share! I would love to hear all about it and cheer you on!